Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Old Man Johnson's Farm

"Old Man Johnson's Farm" by Scott Ruthven
5x7" Oil painted en plein air
Here's a plein air oil painting study I did of a local barn.  For me, barns represent the hard-working past generations of people that grew food on a small scale for themselves and their communities.  Of course farming is alive and well, but the industry has evolved to big business now.  I  like to capture the personalities of these old structures before our towns overtake them.

Unfortunately, some construction trailers have recently been placed on this property which is usually the first step to tear-down and development.  I'll need to capture a few more portraits of it soon.

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  1. I agree, beautiful old barns like this one you captured so well on canvas are dwindling due to time and developers. You really nailed the character of the old barn.


  2. Nice brushwork. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. Scott, you've really captured the beauty and strength of these old barns. They seems to have such a dignity about them even if they're dilapidated and weathered. Beautiful painting!


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