This inspires me to get out and paint the subject. Too bad the farmer already took ours away.The bleeds or hints of yellow green are wonderful. And, I like what you are doing with values and atmosphere. You are making it about more than the hay/shapes.
Some farmers in our area still bale in the old style squared hay bales. I kind of like the bulkiness of the big cylinders. Thanks about the painting!
Square bales look like Arlington to me. The big rolls remind me of Stonehenge. Both solemn endeavors.
I am utterly mesmerized by this painting ! I didn't have time to post my response the other day but the image has been on my mind-i think it is one of your strongest and most thought provoking- -- to me it has a mysterious edward hopper feel. Also that subject matter is close to my heart and this night image brought to mind my night ride few years ago-out on my bike under the full moon-stopped and sat under one of these round bales and sketched under the light of the moon- You have built the volume and form beautifully and i like what you said re ‘reminds me of how a model's thigh flattens where it sits on the wooden bench.’ What I especially like-and I keep enlarging the image to indulge-are the marks-and placement of EVERY mark- is-absolutely-brilliantly-sublime
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