“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by…” Robert Frost
This painting reminds me of one of my father’s favorite poets and a poem we both loved. This spot along Meadow Lane, a little unassuming road that branches off Kellers Church Road was a favorite detour my father enjoyed when we went out for errands. We always stopped at this old farm, it’s barn in ruins and the house set high on the hill. Who lived here? What happened? These questions and more intrigued us. The cluster of outbuildings and large storage barns hinted at a past life.
This week I returned over the course of three afternoons to make this painting. While painting the second day, a car (one of only two cars that passed by the entire afternoon) slowed down to talk. It was Mr. Britt checking on his family farm. I was so excited to meet him and hear the stories. His great grandfather had homesteaded this farm and he had fond memories of his grandparents and many years he spent growing up on the farm. His 95 year old mother lived there up until a few years ago when they moved her out to live with them in a house down the road. Now he and his sister stop and check on the farm.
I mentioned the path of footsteps in the snow and he told me they were his sister’s who comes daily to feed a family of cats that live in the house. (I saw one come out the window and perch on the roof watching me paint).
He was sad that they didn’t have the money to fix the roof or keep up the buildings. I told him how drawn I was to paint and capture the scene – the beauty. He kept telling me how I should have seen it before. But I see that beauty even now. It’s there.
Day 2 - the blue skies and wonderful snow shadows from Day 1 had disappeared so I worked on the house, treeline and brush and returned the next day (a sunny and perfect match to Day 1) to finish the snowy foreground.
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.