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Park Summer, Free Study

Springfield, Illinois is like a forested oasis in the middle of nearly spirit-level flat soybean and corn fields.  It’s got a fantastic Frank Lloyd Wright house (the Dana-Thomas House 1902-1904, downtown).  And it has two good parks in it, with Washington Park being the larger one and Lincoln Park being the woodsier one.  And yes, Lincoln is well-remembered here (check out the library dedicated to him downtown).  In short, when the wind blows, you know it will stop after a short while, as opposed to wind in Champaign-Urbana, which goes from September to July, or at least until it rips all the aluminum siding off your house.  Anyway this drawing was done from life in Washington Park in Springfield, Illinois.  By now I realized the advantages in using pencils of different softness to show depth. 

6 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches, pencil on paper, from 2003.  Print is a matted, mounted, signed 600 dpi print on white acid-free cardstock with half inch borders, in a limited edition run of fifty. I only use permanent, pigment-based HP inks which meet the ISO 11798 fade-resistance standard.

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