Resilience – charcoal drawing

“Each Spring Texas land shows its resilience. 

No matter the scorching summer heat or winters cold blasts, year-after-year this barren, rugged terrain  produces vast landscapes of lacy grass-weeds and delicate wild flowers. 

Take a moment and discover what native Texans have known for generations .  .  .  the raw beauty of this Mid-Western land”  by Mary

Resilience is a charcoal drawing (9×12) produced on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper.  We drove past this scene last Spring in Ennis, TX.  While I took a bit of license with the elements, the essence of the moment stands – you gotta love Texas!

Hope you have a wonderful week ahead.  Thanks for visiting ~

Please don’t take my images – my art is copyrighted.

Please don’t copy or use the image without receiving my permission first – see disclosure on the right panel.

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57 Responses to Resilience – charcoal drawing

  1. Elisa Ruland says:

    And now charcoal, I wonder why I never researched this before. More versatile? In any event, this is absolutely gorgeous.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Elisa – thank you!! Charcoal is great to work with, it’s both messy (my hands are black all the while I draw) and versatile – that’s the fun of it. Appreciate your generous response to the drawing – thanks again!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is beyond magnificent!

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  4. restlessjo says:

    Lovely to see it looking so gentle, Mary. You would adore Spring here in the Algarve. 🙂 🙂

  5. The wave of grasses…just loved it… 🙂

  6. Marick says:

    Nice one… very clean looking. You must use really soft charcoal sticks!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Pauline, thanks very much. I have a variety of charcoal, I tend toward soft more until I need something more dark with a bit of substance.

    • Mary says:

      Great to see you again Elizabeth. Thank you so much for your thoughts on the drawing. Hope you soon begin to feel the warmer temps that come with Spring – have a great week.

  7. strong building and soft atmosphere.. very nice pairing, amiga! makes one want to sprawl out on the landscape and decipher the clouds into funny pictures!

  8. My dear Mary, so much is going on in this painting …quietly and beautifully! Beautiful land! Wishing you a lovely Sunday and week ahead.

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Marina – so glad you enjoyed seeing a bit of Texas land! Have a wonderful week ahead too, take care my friend.

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  10. Resa says:

    I’ve often thought that Texas looks like where I grew up, the Canadian prairies.
    The beauty of the land is apparent to me. Thank you, Mary, this charcoal rules!

    • Mary says:

      I’ve spent some time in Canada, mostly along the US / Canadian border so I’ve missed that aspect of which you’ve spoken about. Thank you and so happy this scene brought back some great memories of the Canadian prairies – such a compliment. Thank you my friend.

  11. Amy says:

    I love this drawing. The beauty, resilience, pride… of Texas are all in this beautiful drawing. I’m admiring it with smiles and tears…. Thank you, Mary! 🙂

    • Mary says:

      What an awesome response Amy to the drawing – thank you, your kind words mean a lot. Texas has so much to offer, just a fantastic place to explore. Glad you saw those things that make us so proud to call it home!!

  12. dorannrule says:

    This is a wild and beautiful scene. How truly talented you are Mary!

    • Mary says:

      Hi Dorann, thanks so much – it was a beautiful little spot that if you closed your eyes you wouldn’t think twice about missing it. It wasn’t until after we got home and I really looked closely at the photograph did I see its potential. You are so nice, thank you for the compliment – hope you are beginning to enjoy some Spring-like temperatures.

  13. A really authentically wonderful scene, Mary. I love this. 🙂

    • Mary says:

      Thanks so much Sylvia – it was a fun drawing to work out with charcoal. Simple scenes sometimes has a whole lot of character. Have a great weekend.

  14. taphian says:

    beautiful and talented

  15. Jet Eliot says:

    This is a truly accomplished drawing, Mary — congratulations!

  16. Great composition giving the barn perfect weight

  17. Miss Mary
    You have a fine sense of composition and here you’ve captured excellent depth of field as well.
    Again, a wonderful work.

    Big hugs

    uncle john

    • Mary says:

      Thanks very much Uncle John for your thoughts and read on the drawing – I really appreciate it. It was a wonderful scene that we saw during a drive last year and am happy that I was able to bring it to life in this drawing. Thanks again and hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  18. neihtn2012 says:

    I really like this one. Everything about it, composition, perspective, tonality, details attest to your impressive art skills. Very impressive!

    • Mary says:

      Thank you so much Hien for your generous comments and read on the scene – means a lot to me. Charcoal was the perfect medium to get the atmosphere I was looking for and impressionist feel of the details. I really appreciate your thoughts – thank you!

  19. This is definitely one of my top favorites, Mary. Well done! I feel like I’m standing in the field.

    • Mary says:

      Awesome Jill – such a compliment. Nothing better than when a drawing/painting moves the viewer – your comment has made my day. Thank you!!

  20. Victo Dolore says:

    Texas in spring is truly something to behold. I don’t think anywhere else is as beautiful and frightening in March and April. Your drawing is wonderful!

    • Mary says:

      Thank Victo for your comments, always appreciated. Oh my talk about storms – they are just beginning to fire up around here, the other night golf ball/baseball size hail and a tornado not too far from here. Tonight we are expecting more of the same – Texas rocks n’ rolls in the Spring!

  21. The extraordinary detail makes it looks like an old b&w/sepia photograph. Marvellous work, Mary.

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  23. Gallivanta says:

    Love the way you’ve done the grass/wild flowers, Mary.

    • Mary says:

      Hi Gallivanta, thanks very much and for mentioning the foreground grasses/flowers. I tried not to over emphasize with detail, but rather let the impressions speak for themselves – appreciate that you called them out.

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