Artist website: http://judythompson.mosaicglobe.com/
Working Trio. In order to “prove up,” countless miles were traveled back and forth across the land, turning the prairie landscape into farmland. This vast transformation could not be accomplished without the help of a faithful, dependable team of horses, oxen or mules. A mutual relationship of respect developed between homesteaders and their working teams of animals. Both knew that their survival depended upon each other.
Editor's Note: Judy was an Artist in Residence in August of 2010. This blog is a continuation of her exploration of the Homestead Act and the Great Plains.
As Judy explained in her earlier blog, "Through my watercolor landscapes, I attempt to capture not merely a likeness of my subject, but also a “sense of place.” The Artist-in-Residence Program provided me with the unique opportunity to explore the history of the homesteaders while being immersed in the native tallgrass prairie. My goal was to create a series of watercolor paintings depicting the prairies during the time of the first homesteaders. My time at the monument included researching existing photos and records, as well as taking my own photos, and creating onsite sketches of the park environment. These references were used to create compelling compositions of the homestead era."