I’ve started to work with the images that we collected on our cross country trip this past summer. As I look back on these images now and start to consider compositions and color palettes, patterns emerge. The land is perceived at such a different scale out there. Depth and width dominate our understanding of the land more immediately than say surfaces or color. But when you look closely you see that the crops - and the farm yards that they dwarf - have repeated characteristics. The houses and farm yards for instance are almost always shelterd to the north and west by trees, protecting the structures from the brunt of winter storms, westerly prevailing winds and relentless afternoon sun. This 6 x 9 pastel study is from eastern South Dakota.