This red barn piece is another of my small 5 x7″ paintings, done on a hardboard panel. These little pieces work well as partial studies for my larger farm-scape paintings. My work has been described as austere with minimalistic qualities to it.
It is another beautiful summer night here in the Heartland. It is almost dusk and I can hear the chirping of crickets and the lightening bugs will be out soon. This simple scene depicts my vision of a quiet farmstead on a summer day here in the country. Big blue sky days are the ones that I love most in the summer!
I most often paint traditional red barns in my farm landscapes. My grandparents had a white barn on their farm. A horse barn! My grandfather grew up during the time when horse racing was a favorite pastime in many small towns across America. He bred and raced harness horses. Grandpa even shod his own horses! I have such fond memories of visiting my Grandparents on their farm. A white barn makes me think of them.
I decided on one of those beautiful “Blue Sky Days” found here in the Midwest at this time of year, for this new painting. I just finished this piece today, so one might say that it is still “hot of the easel”, so to speak! I love painting simple scenes of the American Heartland, and hope that you will enjoy viewing my original work.
Since I was a kid I have always loved the country and antiques. The county fairs here in the Midwest have interesting displays of antique tractors to walk through and enjoy. For this painting I decided on a simple old farmstead scene with a historic John Deere tractor in it. I painted one of my blue skies with those “cotton puff” clouds on summer for this piece. It measures 16 x 12 and is done on stretched canvas in acrylic paint.
Young rows of soybeans in the field with a traditional red barn and sheds beyond, is what I decided on for this early summer scene here in the Heartland. The new rows of corn and beans coming up is always a welcome site, especially after a long winter!