Mid-Day in Texas – charcoal drawing


“There is a quiet lonesomeness of the large Texas countryside, a beauty that quiets your thoughts and lets your eyes rest on natures’ bounty.”  by Mary

Mid-Day in Texas is a charcoal drawing (8×10) that was done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  We happened across this scene while on a country drive in the town of Ennis, Texas searching for patches of wildflowers.  The field was dotted here and there with a few bluebonnets and weeds billowing from a soft breeze; it was the beauty of this quiet space that I wanted to capture and share in a drawing.  Charcoal gave the smoothness that I was looking for, letting the soft atmosphere take over feel of the place.

Thanks for visiting – hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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35 Responses to Mid-Day in Texas – charcoal drawing

  1. Good morning Mary, I have driven right across Texas on my way to Santa Fe New Mexico, and can see in this that you have captured certain elements of the State very well and of course the atmosphere of the day that you so beautifully described in words. I say certain elements, because it is such a vast State, it seemed to change quite a lot as we drove through. By the way this was 28 years ago. We are enjoying a fabulous spring weekend in London…hope you are enjoying yours…janet 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Wonderful to see you Janet, thank you for your generous thoughts on Texas and it’s vast landscape. It’s so very different depending on what section of the State you are in. While I miss the lush green countryside of New England, Texas offers something very different – wholesome and rugged. Love it. Sounds like you’ve had a wonderful time in London – I’ll be the flowers are gorgeous!!

  2. Resa says:

    I was born and raised in the prairies. I love this!

  3. I’ve not been to Texas. Your image is lovely, Mary. It has a ‘breathless’ quality to it. I get the feeling that something is about to happen but don’t know what. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Hi Sylvia, thank you so much. Texas has such an interesting landscape, different depending on which quadrant you happen to be in North, South, East and West – all unique in land quality and topography. The vast emptiness at first is startling, but then grows on you as you adjust and really begin to see the land. Perhaps TX may become your next travel destination ~

  4. There is something mystical about this image, Mary. I love it! 🙂 xx

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Marina for your beautiful thoughts on this drawing – means a lot, love your description! Tried to make comments on your blog, but unable to today – WP has a few problems it seems. Will attempt again later. Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. dorannrule says:

    This is the beginning of a best seller book of Mary’s art and poetry! Absolutely stunning.

    • Mary says:

      So funny Dorann!! Don’t we wish, a book and art! Thank you for your always generous and wonderful support. Great to see you again – looking forward to seeing what you’ve been up to. Have a wonderful weekend.

  6. Elisa Ruland says:

    Your landscapes are so inviting Mary, I always want to step inside the frame and wander. Have a beautiful weekend!

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Elisa for your warm read on the scene. Wouldn’t that be interesting if we could just step right into a piece of art – imagine the world we’d be in. What a great idea!!

  7. I love this. A person has room to breathe here.

  8. Simply stunning, Mary. The quote is beautiful too. Happy Weekend! xo

  9. Jet Eliot says:

    I’ve had the pleasure of wandering around in the Texas landscapes, and you captured it so well, Mary. It is hard for me to imagine how one hand can make all of this….

    • I don’t know Texas (I’ve never been to the US) but I couldn’t agree more with your second sentence, Jet. I’m in awe, Mary!

      • Mary says:

        Ah Sarah, you are so kind – thank you. Texas is a vast landscape it’s easy to miss the beauty, but if you look long enough it quietly dawns on you. Thank you my friend for your compliment it means a lot. Hope you have a wonderful weekend Sarah!

    • Mary says:

      Such a special response Jet – thank you so much for enjoying our little special piece of Texas. Your compliment means a lot – have a beautiful weekend.

  10. Alok Singhal says:

    I like the trees in the distance here. Good work 🙂

  11. lulu says:

    An interesting quote in which there is much truth.

    • Mary says:

      You know it Lulu, especially as you head West, or to the East and well, while we are at it North of where you are. It’s not until you really see the land, can you appreciate the treasures. Thank you so much!!

  12. Dina says:

    Beautiful sketch that is so well framed with the quote, Mary. Well done!
    Wishing you a great weekend.:-)

    • Mary says:

      Thank you Dina for appreciating the quote and how the landscape is reflected in the drawing – means a lot. Best of weekends to you as well.

  13. You captured the gentleness of the moment, and your words helped us picture those splashes of blue…. Magical! A bit like double vision but not! More like an invisible overlay as a bonus!

    • Mary says:

      What a beautiful passage Lisa, can’t thank you enough – really loved how you saw the vision I was working to create. Such a compliment, thanks and I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  14. Amy says:

    I can feel the soft atmosphere here, beautifully done!

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