If you want some art talk on this post, you might be disappointed. Other than the art found at Lincoln's Tomb and the St. Louis Arch, silliness, fun, and relaxation were the goals of this recent vacation.
The trees in Indiana are so TALL! The corn in the foreground is at least six feet tall - and the trees are distant and tower over everything. The farm photo shows what I mean. We do grow corn in South Florida, but not as much as in Indiana. Incredible greens!
Brenda and Andy rubbing Lincoln's nose for good luck. Silly me, echoing the St. Louis Arch.
Do you see what I mean about the trees? For those of you who live outside Florida: hurricanes are the way regular tree trimmings occur here. Most trees are either trimmed by humans being pro-active to protect homes and property from hurricanes OR are naturally trimmed by hurricanes. The result is a whole bunch of low-to-the-ground trees. I also thought it super weird to have occasional cemeteries show up casually along the roads - and such old ones!
Other than boring you with over 400 reference photos of landscapes in Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri, here is one sample of the farms that left me speechless and in awe. Most photos were taken from inside of a moving car. I would have enjoyed using the small watercolor kit and/or my sketchbook that I took, but had to adapt to just using my camera. Within minutes of setting up to watercolor (cup holder with soda can of water, open sketchbook, a few watercolor dry paints), I was immediately reminded of how car sick I get and had to take a nap to recover. We spent many hours in the car...but the only thing this passenger could do safely was take photos. Oh, well!
Do you take reference photos when you travel? Do you take silly photos of you and your friends and family? If you are an artist, what supplies travel faithfully with you?
Angeline Marie of