Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Buffalo Grass Pastel

Last night I finally had the chance to get back to doing some drawing. This one has been sitting on my easel since before Thanksgiving. I probably worked for a good hour on it and then felt I had to stop before I messed something up. Usually I can give it a couple hours and have an idea what I need to do next to a drawing but this one has me stumped.

It's an abstract take on some weeds I saw in a ditch a while ago with buffalo beneath them. As though the plants are growing from the bodies of the buffalo; circle of life type of thing.



What do you think?
I like the bottom (dark buffalo areas) and I like the top (blue sky and weed tops) but I'm not feeling the center (weed stems and horizon line) but I don't know what I need to do.
I thought maybe I need to develop the stems. Or maybe I need to work on the horizon line and background. Now I'm not sure if I want the buffalo to look as though they are below ground or above ground. I do know I like the rough sketchy style going on. I don't want anymore realism here, just abstraction.

Thoughts? Opinions? Any ideas would be most helpful.


  1. Your detail is marvelous! Beautifully done. I do find my eye wanting a resting place when I look at it though, a focal point.

  2. Could some of the reeds become people? Native Americans? Maybe a village off in the distance with tepees? Just thinking out loud! I like what you have! Good luck with our tweaking. I find myself doing that with my digital scrapbooking.

    Idea # 2 Birds in the sky? Circling? Too much death imaging? Ok, maybe not the best idea.. I'll let you decide! ;-) You asked!


    Hugs and Merry Christmas!


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