Sunday, August 30, 2009

Roadside Grasses - Lin Frye

Roadside Grasses
Originally uploaded by linfrye
Daily Practice

I have always been fascinated by wildflowers --- in fact, my foray into botany began by wondering about the names of those flowers and weeds I saw growing along the roadsides. My curiosity lead me to take my first botany class, and I've been 'hooked' ever since.

This time of year when lawnmowers tend to leave a patch or two along the ditches, the multitude of grasses and flowers grow up in profusion in colors that announce the season - sepia, sienna, brown, gold, yellow, tapioca, yellow, green. My drives around rural North Carolina find more and more to observe and enjoy. This painting was done from memory of those drives. I was trying to capture that tangle of color and the dominence of one or two of the tallest grass varieties ... all against the fall sky. I love this time of year.

Today we rest. I didn't catch the news last night and can't tell whether the sun is trying to come out or we're in for a bit of rain. Regardless, chores are basically behind us and today will be a quiet one as we gear up for another busy week.

Happy Sunday!

Lin Frye
North Carolina


  1. I'm absolutely mad about wild grasses Lin,and your sketch does it real justice. Beautiful.

  2. Lin, this is an amazing piece. Such delicacy and grace in those shapes...

  3. Thank you both so much .... we took a roadtrip to find more grass sights .. I guess it's their delicate-ness and survival against all that wild that really makes me love them more ...?


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