Rivers all around the region have been flooding due to high amounts of intense rain. Here are some pictures by the Emporia Flying Club of Strong, Kansas.
I’ve been busy getting ready for my May 2 show at Blue Gallery in the Crossroads. My work has been selected, framed, and delivered. I came to blue last Saturday to touch up a painting, and met artist William Rainey. We had fun chatting while I worked.
River Meander Series
The Kansas River, known as “The Kaw” by locals, is the world’s longest prairie river. River Meander Series is inspired by a recent comprehensive inventory of the Kansas River by several local groups. The inventory is a point by point map guide starting at Riley County and ending at Wyandotte County. One characteristic of the Kansas River seen from an aerial view is that it naturally meanders.
“The Kaw naturally meanders. You can see the history of its wanderings in meander scars, oxbows, and terraces, by the deposition of sandbars on the inside of a bend, and the erosion of banks on the outside of the bends. The Kaw snakes through side channels, forms islands, and braids its channel as it lazily flows across the sandy substrate that forms the river bottom.”
-- from Kansasriverkeepers.org
We’ve been going through a patch of icy weather.
Love this picture of a frozen creek taken by my friend Frank.
January 29 is Kansas Day, a holiday celebrated since the 19th Century. . The purpose of this holiday is to commemorate the 1861 admission of Kansas into the United States. It is also a holiday which allows citizens of Kansas to rejoice and take pride in the state in which they live.
To celebrate this holiday, I am posting a landscape painting of Kansas in early spring.
I have been very busy in the studio. Here are some new works that are ready to frame.
Autumn is particularly beautiful this year. The leaves have magnificent oranges and reds. The leaves are gently falling from the trees, leaving the ground filled with a mixture of colors. Some of these colors are finding their way into my paintings.
Sunflowers are native to Kansas. They are prolific in September. Although we have had a hot and dry summer, sunflowers can be seen everywhere including in fields and by highways.