When I think of the prairies, not only do I think about big sky and rolling wheat fields, I also think about sway back barns, and dilapidated buildings.
I love to stop and take photos to use as reference down the road in some creation.
There is an old chuck wagon on my dad's farm that still stands there. It is overgrown with wild grasses and it hasn't moved in years. I remember it in exactly the same spot when I was a kid ... and that was a few years ago, to say the least.
Last summer we attended a family reunion and I couldn't resist taking a few more photos.
These are both small 5 x 7" paintings on wrapped canvas. I started with many coats of acrylic burnt sienna as the base colour and worked up the detail from there.
The family homestead will be 100 years old in 2013. Perhaps a good reason for another reunion?
Till Next Time ...
Love what you Do ... and Do what you Love.