Study 96: Art Resolutions-Willowy Weeds and Tall Grasses

Art Resolutions is a self-imposed initiative to create an art study every day for a year.

There is something elegant about long, lean grasses and willowy weeds. On the back edge of the Mt. Muchmore estate there is a cluster of weeds among the tall grasses. The seedy frond heads make a drooping crown of golden dreadlocks that move limply when the wind blows.  Delicate thin leaves at the stalk bottoms follow suit as they lazily hang unmotivated and lifeless.

These weeds and grasses take on colors cast by sunlight and the reflections of surrounding flora. You have to look closely to see them—but they are there. Golds melding into wheats. Dark greens morphing into burgundy and wine. Pale, bleached greens gently melting into faint aqua and celadon. Simple natural hues that burst into a full color spectrum—if you take the time to look.

The Mt. Muchmore weeds now entered the growing society of plants inspiring my exercises in reality to design over this last summer season. The quick study below is just the first exploration. I have taken photos and expect to return to this subject for I don’t feel I have yet done justice to representing its essence.



About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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