Thursday, February 12, 2009



Saltbox

Acrylic on board, 8 1/8" x 7 1/2"
$260 plus $10 shipping in U.S.
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This little barn shows up in quite a few of my paintings, I guess partly because it's such a convenient model--we live in the house in the background.

There aren't too many wooden barns left in this valley. Most have fallen into disrepair and been replaced by steel buildings. The longer roofline on one side relates this one to the saltbox style of architecture, which originated in colonial New England.

The barn also interests me because I have a lot of personal history tied up here as well. This property belonged to my wife Brenda's parents; she was living here when I first met her some 40 years ago. The home we built and lived in for many years was only a couple of miles from this place. I used to help Brenda's dad Dallas work his cattle in this barnlot. Dal has been gone for quite a long while now, but his memory comes alive for me especially around this barn.

14 comments:

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

I really like those patches of snow. They remind me of another time when I lived in a cold area.

Micah Neff said...

I really like this one. Enjoy your blog a lot!

Dogs by Bri said...

Wow!

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

so pretty it hurts

Stephen Magsig said...

Great color and composition. I can feel the air in this one Don, from an old farm boy, now in the city.

Don Gray said...

Thanks a lot, Onpainting.

Don Gray said...

Thanks, Micah. Welcome to my blog!

Don Gray said...

Bri, you're a man of few words, but you choose them well :^)
Thanks!

Don Gray said...

Didn't mean to inflict pain,
Diane :^) Thanks for the visit.

Don Gray said...

Hi Steve--thanks for the encouraging words. I love following your blog.

Linda Schweitzer said...

Really nice, Don. I can almost feel the cool moist air. Great feel for light.

Simon Jones said...

Hi Don
love the light and patches of snow, Wyethesque.

Don Gray said...

Thanks for the visit and kind words, Linda.

Don Gray said...

Hi Simon--you're most kind--thanks.