Barns and Fields in Pastel, Oil or Acrylic
One of my favorite spots to set up my easel is in the middle of a field! Give me grapes or even February Vines with the promise of grapes! Give me a persimmon patch as Autumn begins to curl the leaves orange! Or who wouldn't love a freshly painted red barn with two proud palms?
Slusser Barn is a fabulous image, with its weathered wood and a roof full of holes. It may be old and abandoned, yet it is still a sentry guarding the barren vineyard. Though I've painted the barn a few times in different seasons, this work in pastel is my favorite.
It's damp and cool in the Sweet Persimmon Patch when I set up my easel to paint in scenic Kerikeri. The fruit blend with the leaves turning orange. Like the steel supports pointing upward, all the branches seem to seek the light that ripens.
Just before I left for France in 2010, I painted this barn in acrylics on canvas board to try out my painting gear. I use a smaller canvasso I can hopefully finish my painting in 3 or 4 hours while I travel in Provence. I love the palms standing like flag staffs, proudly waving their plumes.
Vineyards in Sonoma County when the leaves turn, never fail to awe me. I love the infinite variation of colors of the grape leaves in autumn. Oh, now I must hurry to catch the vineyard in this late day glow with the shadows of lengthening.
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