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American Ruins ~ A painting

August 31, 2011

This is a duplicate of an article posted on my Art Blog.


American Ruins, 11x14, Gouache

I suppose I could call this a plein air painting, but it would really be stretching the truth as far as the generally accepted understanding of “plein air” is concerned.  It was painted outdoors, but I was sitting in the shade of my brother-in-law’s back deck, working from a laptop image.  I’ll have to find a term for that kind of outdoor painting.  When we make our lifestyle change and start living and travelling in the motorhome, I expect to spend a lot of time painting outdoors, both actually on location, and also sitting under the awning wherever we’re parked.  At any rate, this was started on the deck in Ohio, and finished in the studio in Texas.

It’s a view of the barn at Highway 36 and Wilson Road near Centerburg, Ohio.  I took a number of reference photos from different angles, so there may be a couple more paintings of this old barn yet to come.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2011 12:51 am

    I can see myself following the same pattern as you of plein air painting, and painting outdoors under the awning; and at times inside the RV. It’s all painting, and if you are engaged and they are well done, it is all good.

    You seem to paint old barns often. I too find them interesting to paint. They offer a great variety in textures, shapes and colors. I’m wondering if you are ever accused of being a member of the “dead barn school” of painters?

    Hope you are making progress toward the full-timing goal.

    • October 3, 2011 1:48 pm

      DE, I’ve just had it reaffirmed that people do buy barn paintings. We sold several of them at the First Saturday Arts Market in Houston this past weekend. Thanks for touching base.

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