We've had some beautiful summer days with lower humidity, sunshine and brilliant blue skies with billowing white clouds. The wet Spring rains and the warming temps have produced lush hay pastures and these red Angus cattle with their new youngsters were enjoying the good grazing. The grass was so high it was hard to make out all the young cows as they napped in the sun. Their coats glowed in the warm sunshine. I always have my plein air gear in the car and today I pulled right off to paint when I saw this scene just outside of Blooming Glenn on Route 113. This is Tussock Sedge Farm, 100% grass fed beef, and they keep 550 acres beautiful and unspoiled. I am grateful for these farms and their contribution to preservation and keeping Bucks County beautiful. Check out their website at tussocksedgefarm.com/.
So many of my paintings have a story. That's one of the things I love most about Plein air painting - I love meeting the people, the families that are part of the scene that inspired me to stop and paint. "Wash Day" is one of them.
Deep Run Road travels along farms near my home and then dips down into a little hollow where this wonderful cluster of barns and outbuildings are anchored into the sloping land. Large, old shade trees surround the house and barns and the fields travel the contours of the land.
I've painted here before, but today, the sunlit laundry line caught my eye and I pulled over to paint. I love the touch of humanity. The laundry tells a story -- lives living and working, routines and chores to be done and the laundry, these are working people's clothes.
About halfway through the painting, Mrs. Leatherman came up to see me and introduce herself. I loved hearing her talk of her husband and his family farm. She looked out at the view and apologized for the laundry on the line, maybe it was spoiling the view for my painting, she thought. It was the very thing that made me stop and want to paint, I told her.
I admire these farms and the families that work so hard to keep them going. In these days of giant corporate "farms" and rising property taxes, the struggle is real. I think scenes like these, yes, even laundry on a line, are truly beautiful and worthy of capturing in paint.
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.