Posts Tagged ‘red barn’


Barn Along Beaverton Road

August 22, 2018

Barn Along Beaverton Road – Oil on Canvas – Plein Air – 8″ x 10″

Looking at an area map, I noted a road which I had not yet explored. Nothing really popped. Came upon a small gap in a thickly forested spot. Gave me a glimpse of this barn and that was about it. Not much time available so I tackled this scene with a small canvas. The road was fairly quiet yet I felt safe I will be back for additional painting ventures.


Where Woodstock Road Turns

November 19, 2017

Where Woodstock Road Turns – Plein Air – Oil on Canvas – 12″ x 36″

Well this was ambitious. A 12 x 12 painting can be a challenge. A 12 x 24 format can be tricky to complete within a 2+ hour time frame. But 36″ wide?

Took two sessions to capture this scene. The format fits the subject well.


Midway – South Barn

September 15, 2013
South Barn - Plein Air; Oil on Canvas Panel 8" x 10"

South Barn – Plein Air; Oil on Canvas Panel 8″ x 10″

A view of the 1800’s barn at Midway. I took some artistic license with the barn. In reality, it is only weathered wood. No paint. To paint this as the bleached out building that it is, creates a design with a drab blotch in a critical spot (though some day I may figure out how to pull this off successfully). I decided to go with  the stereotypical red barn, but weathered. I think that this worked better than painting it the way that it really is.


Christmas 2012

December 25, 2012
Christmas 2012; Oil on Canvas 8" x 10"

Christmas 2012; Oil on Canvas 8″ x 10″

For several years, I have created a new piece of artwork specifically for use on our family Christmas cards. This year I was hoping to get a plein air winter painting for the 2012 edition. As we eased into November, I kept an anxious ear to the weather reports, anticipating the first snowfall of the season which would enable me to get out and paint that perfect scene. Unfortunately, as the days and weeks slipped past, no snow. We had some cold weather, but no snow.

A couple weeks before Christmas and no indication of snow. In fact, the weather forecasts were discussing the fact that we had now gone more than 280 days since our last snowfall, nearing record range for this area. I needed to get the cards created and in the mail if I was to beat a self-imposed Christmas deadline. I decided to go through my sketchbook and photo references to find a design which, as necessary, could be altered to be suitable for our Christmas card.

Found and worked this idea. Created the work to my satisfaction, photoed the painting and got the digital image to the shop for processing onto the Christmas cards. As fate would have it, irony prevailed. The day that I traveled to retrieve the cards form the printers, it was finally snowing. Perhaps I should venture out now and create the plein air painting for next years Christmas cards. Oh well…

Merry Christmas.


Morning at Spring Hill Farm

October 28, 2012

Morning at Spring Hill Farm; Oil on Canvas 18″ x 24″

I “started” this work late last summer. It has been on display, but I was not satisfied with it. I finally figured out what bothered me. The feeling of light on the barn was not as pronounced as it could be. I recalled that when creating the plein air piece during the Fields Project, the sunlight had been visible on the side of the barn for a few moments before clouds rolled in.

Since this work had not yet sold, I figured it was okay to make a couple changes to pump it up. After adding some Cadmium Red Light to the barn and a few adjustments to the foliage, it was finished. Actually worked as a good warm up before my day of painting.


Farm Study and Barn Study

December 21, 2011

Farm Study, Oil on Gessoed Paper 6" x 8"

I realized that it was time to start coming up with an idea for this years Christmas cards. Although I had a couple of paintings available which would work, I decided to see if I could come up with a few additional options.

After shuffling through several loads of reference photos and creating numerous thumbnail sketches, I settled on these two designs. As I began to sketch each one onto some gessoed paper (remains from my watercolor classes), I  idea came to mind. I decided to try something really different for me and work the paint only using palette knives.

It definitely gives a different, juicy and impressionistic look to these subjects. It was challenging, at times difficult – but it was fun. Additional design possibilities came springing to mind. More to come.

Barn Study, Oil on Gessoed Paper 6" x 8"