Early Blues original pastel
Bluebonnets and winter grass
Original Lindy Cook Severns pastel landscape painting
Soft pastels on archival paper
8" x 10" art
custom framed under non-reflective museum glass*
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*framed outer dimensions 14" x 16"
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I often paint nature's surprises, and this bluebonnet landscape captured my interest. The Texas Hill Country roadside had apparently joyfully decreed springtime's arrival, despite the surrounding pastures still carpeted in winter drab. The protection of a limestone outcropping sheltering a narrow, moist ditch is all this isolated ribbon of bluebonnets needed to burst into bloom well ahead of their cautious neighbors. These tall, dried grasses whipped by winter winds frame hardy wildflowers in a serendipitous gift from nature.
This landscape is from a photo I shot from the truck while going seventy miles an hour. Not much as photographs go, but it was good enough to remind me of the delight I felt when we topped a rise and saw this unexpected color. It's one of my favorite shots of bluebonnets because it is so atypical to see them surrounded by winter browns instead of the lush green pastures and roadsides we think of as springtime in central Texas.