These are a couple of small (8" x 16") studies that I did based on a 10 year old photograph of an old barn near where my grandfather used to farm onions in upstate New York. I did 6 or 7 charcoal drawings and a couple of pastels from the photo first and then I painted these from memory, without referring back to the photo.
Since posting this painting in New Year's Eve (see below) I have repainted over it twice. In the second version, I made the puddle much smaller so that it didn't extend out of the lower right corner, but the painting still didn't work. In this version, I extended the puddle back out, but painted over most of the foreground and middle ground, lightening them both up and breaking up the furrows in the field. The result has been very thick paint with some interesting textures that I really like. All in all, I worked on this image for six months, but I am glad that I persevered, even though there were times when I thought about abandoning the image altogether.
I am a full time artist, originally from Massachusetts, currently living in northern Maine. I work primarily in oils and pastel, and occasionally watercolor. I offer instruction in drawing and painting at my studio in a renovated potato house. Please feel free to view samples of my work (You can see a larger version of each picture if you click on it.) and leave a comment if you are so inclined. Be sure to click the "Older Posts" button at the bottom to see more work. I don't always have time to respond to comments, but if you wish to correspond with me, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org