I know. Not news.
I've been cruising around trying to find artists who paint things that look like home to me. It's cheering me up.
The leaf painting is by Paul Wolber.
This is his blog: http://pwolberart.blog.com/
He's a professor in Michigan. So....close to Iowa.
The landscape is another one I like. The artist is Ellen Wagener. She's an Iowan. More here: http://www.lucidplanet.com/iwa/ArtistPages/wagenere.htm#stmt
She says this about Iowa, "I think this area is rich. It sheds its skin a minimum of four times a year. Watching the corn grow and beans yellow under the saffron sun is a rigorous pasttime if you are paying attention. "
Amen to that.