Plein air mixed media artworks drawn for a visual study of the effects of forest succession on colonial and post-colonial era structures hidden in the woods of Petersham, Massachusetts and surroundings.  This study was supported by Harvard’s Charles Bullard Fellowship over an eight-month period in 2011. All of these are pastel and graphite drawings measuring 22″ x 15″ on Rives BFK paper, drawn on location in the forest.

8 thoughts on “Plein Air New England 2011

  1. The Blog Fodder says:

    The pictures are wonderful. Question – why has all this land, where people were born, loved, loved and died, now gone back to forest? The forest is beautiful but in a sense it makes me sad. Like a lost civilization. Where did it go and why?

    1. zeladoniac says:

      You’re right- it’s like a lost civilization. I’ve seen Mayan ruins and these are right up the same alley. Great questions-where did everyone go? what happened here, and why?-have answers that generally center around the economy, the environment, and sustainability. Does that sound sort of familiar?

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