The rolling plains of Iowa offer a striking contrast of views. The landscape is a roadside tangle of Queen Anne’s lace and bramble, but it’s also a careful arithmetic of dotted corn and soy. It’s a grand vista that can seem to go on forever, but it’s also the quiet intimacy of wildflowers swaying in the breeze.
Iowa City artist Marcia Wegman exploits this wealth of seeming contradictions in her masterful pastels of the region’s farms and field grasses. “I find it very compositionally dynamic,” she says. “There will be a little cluster of trees and buildings and then a long strip of sky and then another little cluster. I never get tired of looking at that; it’s so beautiful, especially when the fields are newly plowed. The contrast is even more evident with the patterns of the farmsteads against the horizon.”
Read more about Wegman and her work in the December 2013 issue of Pastel Journal, available here in both print and digital formats.
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