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Badlands... A Breath of Beauty.. Despite the Name.. by linmarie

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9" X 12" watercolor/pen/ink on watercolor paper…03/09/2011

Inspired by my constant need too read about places I will never get too see, except through the eyes of other artists, explorers and writers, I have always had a hankering for visiting the Badlands of South Dakota…

who knows, we are empty nesters now with a camper for traveling..
It is on my bucket list of places to see..

another of my watercolors, learning how to use the medium, but it constantly gets away from me, so I choose to let it flow, come back later and pick out what I SEE , and enhance that with pen and ink..

Badlands National Park, in southwest South Dakota, United States preserves 244,000 acres (98,740 ha)2 of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires blended with the largest protected mixed grass prairie in the United States.

The Badlands Wilderness protects 64,144 acres (25,958 ha) of the park as a designated wilderness area2 and is the site of the reintroduction of the black-footed ferret, the most endangered land mammal in North America.3

The Stronghold Unit is co-managed with the Oglala Lakota tribe and includes sites of 1890s Ghost Dances,4 a former United States Air Force bomb and gunnery range,5 and Red Shirt Table, the park’s highest point at 3,340 feet (1,020 m).6 Authorized as Badlands National Monument on March 4, 1929, it was not established until January 25, 1939. Under the Mission 66 plan, the Ben Reifel Visitor Center was constructed for the monument in 1957-58.

I am a self taught artist and have drawn and painted since I could hold crayons or a pencil in my hands..
My brain is an attic filled with treasures yet to be explored or recreated.. I am a Veteran,a wife, a mom, a grandmother, a sister, a daughter and a teacher!!! My pallet is full of life, color and energy.. I hope you will see and feel that in all of my artwork.

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  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandalmost 4 years ago

    You have definitely captured the Badlands heart here. Dynamic creation!!

  • thanks so much my dear friend, just the vision of a creator who remembers things from books etc. again my watercolors and draw in what I see after the fact,, hugs linmarie,, always love your support♥♥

    – linmarie

  • briansbabe
    briansbabealmost 4 years ago

    I have been to the Badlands, and you have captured the stark beauty and colors beautifully!! If you do nothing else on your bucket list….do this!! You won’t be sorry!

  • are you kidding me??? well honey we might just have too make that trip again, us RV babes,, lol!! I can only pray the Lord is good enough for us too see such a sight otherwise, I HAVE to enjoy it through others eyes, thanks so much for you awesome comment and friendship Dar, hugs linmarie

    – linmarie

  • YouBet
    YouBetalmost 4 years ago

    I am fascinated with how you do these water colors. Don’t forget to save one for a challenge to see what other artists do with it, okay? I kinda see a purple fish in this one & a baby fish out in front. I don’t think coral or seaweed is golden so I’d just have to cut out the rest cause I ain’t an artist of this venue! LOL. Beautiful work!!

  • Oh, I have not forgotten that MY sweet friend, it is drying as I type,, most will think I am nuts, but I will make sure the title draws everyone in, just for the fun of it, thanks for your love and support,, yours has been gently wrapped with love today and ready to send out,, hugs linmarie

    – linmarie

  • YouBet
    YouBetalmost 4 years ago

    I am so excited about it! Any delay will just make the arrival sweeter!!

  • ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, what a lovely thing to say, it will go out on Saturday, the earliest I can get too the UPS STORE,, love linmarie

    – linmarie

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottalmost 4 years ago

    Love the colors you chose for this….great interpretation of a rocky mountainous landscape. Yes, you MUST see the Badlands….they’re wonderful. And check out Wyoming while you’re out there.

  • oh,, thanks we will, are list is made up, and LORD willing we will get too experience these breath taking places, in the mean time they are just abstract images in my mind, love your support my dear friend, peace and love linmarie

    – linmarie

  • biddumy
    biddumyalmost 4 years ago
    Super watercolour and concept, I hope you do visit the places in your list linmarie!!!
  • AHHHHHHHHHHHH, thanks my sis, that makes my heart feel so good, love ya,, linmarie

    – linmarie

  • GregTS
    GregTSalmost 4 years ago

    Love the info! Fabulous image!! peace and love my friend, Greg

  • thanks my NY friend and hero, if all I can share is the info about the place I envision too visit, then I accomplished the knowledge along with my interpretation sight unseen.. right?? so hold tight,, I WISH too visit there, peace and love linmarie

    – linmarie

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersalmost 4 years ago

    South Dakota is beautiful. I want to get an RV nd so traveling someday. Beautiful work.

  • thanks lori, I hope you and your family get too do that, this will be our first year too do it, just staying on our own state, NY, but there is so much to see here,,, peace and love linmarie

    – linmarie

  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsalmost 4 years ago

    Nice color! Awesome work!

  • thanks JAMES, love your comment, peace and love linmarie

    – linmarie

  • Lozzar Landscape
    Lozzar Landscapealmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful line work and imagery.

  • thanks Lorraine, this is fun letting the paint depict where the line work is,, peace and love linmarie

    – linmarie

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