Wednesday, October 08, 2008

"Performance Near Stern's School Road" - Priscilla Humay

Priscilla Humay's incredible landscapes are mesmerizing, and the fact that she uses a rather unusual medium, colored pencils, lends a special aura to her work. And guess what her giclees can be purchased at the incredible price of $75 with no shipping costs making them a great wedding or Christmas gift.

Humay just recently taught an "Autumn Landscape" color drawing class at the Morton Arboretum. "I took my students out on the first morning. We scoured the Arboretum for hints of changing color. This Autumnal scientific phenomenon of color change, that we were to draw was just not there and it was a bit disappointing. However, we found a spot where there were minor colorations and started creating. Returning on the second morning to the same spot, the colors seemed to nudge just a bit. On the third and last morning at the same spot and after a cold and crisp night, the students were excited with the wondrous burst of crimson, gold, purple, and orange. As with all art, science is its constant companion." --Priscilla Humay

The Morton Arboretum was founded in 1922 by Morton Salt magnate Joy Morton. Its 1,700 acres hold collections of more than 4,000 kinds of trees, shrubs, and other plants from around the world. The Arboretum grounds offer an oasis of magnificently tended trees, 16 miles of hiking trails, 9 miles of roads, and 900 acres of natural areas including the prototypical, restored 100-acre Schulenberg Prairie.

Read more about the arboretum here...

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