Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Two... two... two barns in one!
Kansas is a lovely, clean-lined place with huge blue skies, neat arrangements of land, and a wealth of lovely wheatfields. The new wheat - winter wheat, I was told - is green. Last year's wheat is golden, and it is this that I love so much.
But before the wheatfield paintings, here's an interesting choice. I made the top painting first, on a road outside the lovely and largely deserted town of Sun City. The sun was indeed out, the wind was blowing, and the old barn, surrounded by trees, beckoned my eye and heart.
So I made this painting - and then it occurred to me that I could have made this painting a year ago. So what have I learned?
On this trip, I believe I learned to be bolder with color and bolder with paint. And so I pulled out another canvas and did the painting again. The second one, I did with more verve, more speed, more energy - and more paint.
I think I like the second one better. But what about you?