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.

10 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?

  2. bennani mohamed abdou says:

    L’avantage de la nature pas besoin de pose ni de fatigue en plus le dessin de la nature ne se limite pas au contour mais aussi la surface pour avoir le volume et les valeurs. Je quitterai ma maison pour le plein air comme les impressionnistes. Merci de m’avoir ouvert cet espace fabuleux

  3. zeladoniac says:

    Merci pour ce merveilleux commentaire. Cela signifie beaucoup pour moi. Contente que les dessins te plaisent !

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