Earth, Sky, Horizon

 |  March 23, 2009

I finished this encaustic painting yesterday, but wasn’t able to post about it because being the klutz I am, I tripped on the stairs and sprained or strained my left wrist. All I know is that it hurts! The ace bandage I have on impedes my typing skills, which are not the best to begin with in the first place. But tonight it feels much better.

Earth, Sky, Horizon, encaustic, 12×12 inches

That was my country—Terrible winds and a wonderful emptiness. ~Georgia O’Keefe


I don’t know exactly what place O’Keefe is describing here as I know she lived in Wisconsin, New York, Texas, and New Mexico. Oh, and I think Virginia. If I had to guess I would say Texas. I was driving through the Texas panhandle once and the winds nearly blew me over!

Little circles and dots have been making an appearance in my paintings recently. They are working as symbols of seeds and cycles. As well as compasses. Again, the colors are not true to real life. Once the image converted to jpeg, it became much darker on the screen. Ah well, the limitations of technology.


Prairie Factoid:
Illinois may be called the Prairie State, but very little of the state’s original prairie remains.In 1820, at least 60% of Illinois’ land area, mainly in the northern part of the state, was grasslands of one type or another. Prairie land makes very good farm land, however, and by the end of the nineteenth century, farmers had plowed and planted much of Illinois’ original prairie. Industrialization and the growth of cities like Chicago took care of much of what remained, and today 99.99% of the original prairie is gone.
Taken from:

I am thrilled that this painting is already headed for a new home. If you are reading this S- many, many thanks.


  1. by Jeane on March 23, 2009  9:54 pm Reply

    oooooo, bummer! hope you heal quickly! the painting is beautiful!

  2. by Carmen on March 23, 2009  10:42 pm Reply

    Oh gosh Bridgette, I hope your wrist is better soon. Love this new painting!!!

  3. by Shayla on March 24, 2009  9:20 am Reply

    Delicious! Sorry about your hand :(

  4. by JoyfulArt on March 24, 2009  10:39 am Reply

    I hope it wasn't your painting hand. This painting is even more gorgeous than usual.

  5. by Cynjon on March 24, 2009  10:44 am Reply

    Take care of your wrist, you!

    It's funny, before I read the rest of the post, I was thinking how this piece evokes central/west Texas. The shape of the tree, the colors...

  6. by iHanna on March 24, 2009  1:28 pm Reply

    Hope you feel better soon. Your art is always inspirational!

  7. by Seth on March 24, 2009  1:36 pm Reply

    This is a real winner Bridgette. The contrast of the dark brown with the lighter shades is very stong, the repetition of the circles really draws the eye, and the expanse of openess behind the little tree reaslly captures a sense of depth and vastness. Lucky new owner!

  8. by Kim Hambric on March 25, 2009  5:36 pm Reply

    I absolutely love this piece. It is both stark and rich at the same time. I am also a fan of trees, dots, and circles. Hope that wrist gets better soon.

  9. by bridgette on March 25, 2009  8:28 pm Reply

    Thanks everyone, looks like the well wishes for my wrist have worked. Much better now!

    Thank you for the comments on this painting. I really appreciate it.

  10. by Ro Bruhn on March 27, 2009  8:11 am Reply

    Sorry about your hand , but your painting is beautiful.

  11. by Patrice on April 4, 2009  12:33 am Reply

    I love this! And heal! Heal!

  12. by Wendy on April 20, 2009  2:04 pm Reply

    I think this might be one of my new favorites. Although it seems like I say that every time I see a new one. But I think I really mean it this time! :)

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