Friday, April 10, 2009

The second piece in my 'South Dakota Wildlife Series'

Hello to all!
The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the temps are going up instead of down! Yeahhhhh!
I have been busy in the workroom these past few weeks. I finally had some time to finish my interpretation of the class projects taught recently by Master Artist, Irina Orlova. What an excellent, patient teacher she is!
This one is titled ''Time for a Rest' and, like the one with the pair of pheasants below, depicts wildlife scenes from our Great Plains. I love the fall here on the plains when the geese fly through. I have seen thousands and thousands of them swarming around harvested corn fields and the sight is breathtaking. When we lived in Clark we had a small farm with an old 2-story house. There were corn fields all around us and I would go up to the 2nd story and open the windows to see and hear the geese flying and circling the fields. The sight and sound were almost overwhelming! I learned that part of the huge flocks would stay aloft, as lookouts, and circle while part of them would fly down to feed. Then those would fly up and relieve some of the others so they could feed. Pretty amazing, huh?!
I made the sky of corn husk and used faded day lily leaves for the corn field. The geese are made from banana peel and white poplar leaves. The trees are done from fall leaves. The buildings are done with white poplar leaves and fall leaves.

Now I am working on a picture of buffalo silhouetted against one of our majestic sunsets. Stay tuned!


  1. Marie Ann, that is So beautiful. I just moved in the middle of big fields and ponds myself and I love it. I love the geese I thought they were cut outs at first but should have known better:O)

  2. Hello Marie Ann, this is an awesome blogspot, Your arts are absolutely fantastic; you are a very talented Lady.
    Your Saskatchewan friend,

  3. marie ann,

    i love your story about the geese!:-)...and i love your picture too!:-)

    well done!:-)


  4. You are very talented! I love fall scenes actually I love fall especially in the Appalachian mountains.

  5. Thank you all for you very kind comments...I am working on the 4th now. This one will have mallards in it. Struggling right now...trying to learn how to use bark for sky and water!
    Marie Ann