Thursday, February 12, 2009
Acrylic on board, 8 1/8" x 7 1/2"
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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 Most have fallen into disrepair and been replaced by steel buildings.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.