I've been busy getting ready for my benefit show for the Land Trust and gathering all the paintings together to hang in one place. Four seasons of paintings from my time on the Ulrich Farm will be hanging for people to enjoy. It's exciting.
I am actually excited myself to see them all together as they have been scattered about my home and studio - on shelves, in drawers and some hanging on walls. This is a big deal for Laura also and I hope it brings her as much joy and pleasure as it has for me.
A few people asked me which paintings are my favorite. Gosh, that's a hard one. And yet, there are several that come to mind.
This is one of them. The barn at night basking in the glow of the floodlight.
"Leave the Light On," plein air watercolor, 15" x 19"
I painted this on a late summer evening - it was cooler than usual and the bugs had died down. We had a spectacular pink and purple sunset and I immediately thought it would be a good night to capture this scene. I'd painted it many times before. In my head, that is. I do that so often when I see a scene that inspires me – I'll go over it in my head and think about how I'd paint it. I love how this massive barn just emerges from the shadows and darkness. The glow of the lights in the donkey's stalls are inviting. I also like how the darkness pares down the details in the overhang or outside in the barn yard. The barn's floodlight almost acts like a stage light – bringing your focus to the weathered wood and wagon wheels leaning up on the wall.
There are more favorites, but I'll save that for another blog post!
I grew up along the Delaware River in Bucks County, PA. My earliest memories are of drawing outside with my sketchbook and it evolved into plein air painting with watercolors. I love capturing scenes that inspire me - many I find along my everyday travels in and around Bucks County.