Saturday, July 9, 2011

Hay finish

Bales 1, 9 x 14, mixed media and pastel on paper

They rest patiently in the evening sun. Content to sit. Content to wait. 
Content to lose their heavy green wetness.

I have much to learn from the hay.


Casey Klahn said...

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.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

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!

SamArtDog said...
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SamArtDog said...

Square bales look like Arlington to me. The big rolls remind me of Stonehenge. Both solemn endeavors.

Jan Yates, SCA, Canada said...

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