Bob Baker, “Farm House With Compass Plants” (2014)

6 Jul

bob-painting-compass-plants2Bob Baker, Farm House With Compass Plants (2014)

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Here’s my painting from today.  This is the farm house at Wolf Road Prairie, right near Wolf Road and 31st Street in Westchester, Illinois, near where I live.  I did several plein air  paintings last summer at Wolf Road Prairie and this summer I’m picking up where I left off.  it’s a cool spot.  The house is surrounded by native prairie compass plants. They’re very interesting plants with deep tap roots — up to fourteen feet.  Condensation forms on the leaves in summer because the plants are cooled by the ground water they soak up.  They have very pretty flowers resembling sunflowers.

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