Princess on the Prairie

 

 

Prairie Princess watermark

This piece was inspired by my Kansas home.  The prairie princess clutches a loaf of bread in her arms, and is surrounded by a field of wheat and sunflowers. At her feet sits a jack rabbit, which were very plentiful in my childhood. In fact, I had one named Peter as a pet.

I began the sketch right on the canvas.

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The painted the background around her in golds, yellows, and browns. Over that I did some reverse painting in a chalky mint, leaving the golds to be the sunflowers and wheat heads.

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I tried out a few different skirts before settling on what I wanted.

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After I settled on using some paper that I had printed recently, I made some more paper to add more wheat heads.  I used white tissue paper which is really flimsy and fragile until it gets some paint on it.  Then it makes wonderful paper to collage with!

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Then it was time to focus on the details.  Collage work, the corner of a linen napkin, dip pen and gold ink….

I think it would be kind of fun to do this with all of the states… What would represent your state?

The original 15 x 30 inch canvas can be found at Tessera Fine Art Gallery in Wichita.  Call (316) 262-2435.  

For a print, find them in my etsy shop here!

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  1. Being a Kansas girl now living in Texas, I ADORE this … really captures the spirit. The colors are lovely, everything about it! For Texas, bluebonnets are a must, they are about to bloom and are pretty spectacular.

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