Old Country Barn
16x12 Oil on canvas
This is a scene from the countryside of western Virginia in the fall, depicting an old barn I saw along the roadside, while traveling from Dublin to the Mabry Mill. I painted this barn for the first time several years ago, using a different style, as you can see below. It now hangs in one of my relatives’ homes, who lives in close proximity to this location.
In the first painting, my focus was the rustic barn, with its various colors of chipped and faded paint. And the second painting is more about creating a sense of the wide open range, and the inviting clear blue sky that almost minimizes and encompasses the barn. What a difference a composition can make.
The rural landscape of this area makes me feel as if I’ve stepped back in time every time I visit, imagining what it would have been like to travel by horseback and covered wagons… without cell phones, Internet service, or electricity… all geared up in a fabric bonnet and ankle length dress, kinda like little house on the prairie… hmmm. Certainly not my cup of coffee, but a thought, nevertheless J