This is a scene from earlier this winter on a morning right after the holidays that just had to be painted. I was out for the morning looking for locations and while I had been by this one hundreds of times this particular morning it was just right. It was gray and snowing, wonderful winter sky and a landscape fading into the distance. The white buildings totally lack contrast with the land but that is one of the things that drew me into the painting. Sometimes it is simplicity of the scene that makes it hard to turn away from. Water Colors like this have always been my signature pieces and that is just fine with me. I like to paint the land and the people that live here. I enjoy knowing the farms in the area and who lives on them. I like the old houses, barns and outbuilding showing the character that comes through their years standing against the elements. So few complete farms remain anymore with all of the unique buildings that once made up the "working farm" of days gone by. Now farmland is more visited by those that farm it in the spring to plant and the fall to harvest. It is not so much walked daily by a farmer checking livestock and fences or cultivating the crops. Its not the land that has changed it is us, these farms are a reminder of how close we once were and how far apart we have become.
This painting is available, it is 15x22 inches on 300 lb Fabrino CP paper. Price is $295 and is sold unframed. Shipping will be exrtra.