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Portraits of the Prairie: The Land that Inspired Willa Cather

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“As I looked about me I felt that the grass was the country, as the water is the sea. The red of the grass made all the great prairie the colour of wine-stains, or of certain seaweeds when they are first washed up. And there was so much motion in it; the whole country seemed, somehow, to be running.”—My Ántonia, Willa Cather

It is often called “Catherland”—Webster County, N
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by University of Nebraska Press
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Portraits of the Prairie: The Land that Inspired Willa Cather
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I found this book while looking for other books from Richard Shilling. I had reviewed his earlier watercolour instructional art book Watercolor Journeys which I like.

In Portraits of the Prairie, he goes to Webster County, Nebraska, where American novelist Willa Cather spent her childhood and found inspiration for her stories. Cather's elegant prose provides the starting point for Schilling to recreate what the writer might have seen. Schilling also provides short comme
Willa Cather created scenes with words and, in his new book, “Portraits of the Prairie,” Richard Schilling has created similar scenes with watercolors. The resultant pairing of these two artists, both equally enthralled with the beauties of the Nebraskan prairies, is an often stunning look at the rural Midwest.

Using Cather’s words as a starting point for his watercolors and sketches and adding his own clarifying notes on such items as his artistic decisions, the land, or Cather’s work, Schilling
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