Friday, October 5, 2007

Tidy Farm
Oil on board, 5"x7"
$125.00 + $6.00 shipping in US.

This is the same farm as yesterday's post. It is so manicured that it feels like you're on the grounds of a park or museum. Midwest farmers spend long hours on riding mowers cutting many acres around their homes and outbuildings. Here comes one of my crackpot theories: I think that farming has become such an efficient and highly mechanized science that the farmers have more time on their hands these days. Or perhaps for some their small family farms are leased out to bigger corporate operations. Either way, riding the mowers keeps them busy and outdoors where they love to be.


Anonymous said...

Hi Don, I agree with you about Midwest farms. I was in Wisconsin in May, visiting cousins in the town where I lived as a kid. I was so impressed by the neat and tidy farms. The buildings were different than here in the Pacific Northwest, especially the silos. I also found the cloud formations to be so much more interesting. Thanks for the look back. Ann

kim shields said...

I really like all the different roof planes and how you used different shades to represent each one. It really keeps the painting flowing and interesting.

Anonymous said...

Don, I was surprised to see that painting of Pablo posted, then I read that he had died... poor little guy, he sure was a sweet dog.
Well your dailies have become part of my morning ritual, and it gives me lots of pleasure seeing your work each day. The recent barn paintings and views of the GR Valley have been particular gems. The success of your blog (They sell, yay!) and your posting of thoughts and philosophy and quotes is inspiring, it's really cool to have seen this thing grow and you grow with it.
Wish I could have made it out to see you when I was in Oregon in August, but being sick discouraged me from traveling. Fortunately I have my strength back and I'm being semi-productive back home on the island.
OK, sending you good thoughts and thanks for doing what you do so well.

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Ann and Kim for taking the time to stop by and comment. Marc, thanks for your thoughtful comments as well. I'll email you soon.

Ken Ratner said...

Hi Don,

Your "Tidy Farm" picture is a real beauty!!! Hope it found a happy home.

Best regards,