Midwinter in Rural Iowa – Featured Art Prints

Five years ago at this time in February, I was in Iowa to visit family. I took the opportunity to drive out into the landscape of rural Iowa for some inspiration (artistically speaking). There wasn’t a lot of snow as the temperatures had gotten above freezing. This time of year the landscape is stark, lacking the vibrant green of spring and summer, yet I still find beauty in this starkness. The fields are a golden brown and the trees stand like guardians with their bare branches. In recreating the scenes I came across, I used an Impasto technique (impasto: to lay paint on thickly creating deep textured brush strokes) to give the scenes texture and brightened up the browns of the land into a more vibrant golden hue.

This first scene is a dirt (muddy) road that I took trying to get a photograph of a red barn I had seen through the woods. After getting out of the car and looking back at where I had come, I decided I preferred that scene the way the road curved around the bend.

Another typical scene for this time of year is this frozen creek bed on a farm. Same golden fields and stark trees along the creek bed.

I have a thing about paths, sidewalks or roads that wander off into the distance as they create depth to a picture and stimulate the brain of the curious wondering where they go.

And then lastly is this discovery near the frozen creek bed, an abandoned farm. The setting seemed perfect for these buildings that were still standing, even with them being as dilapidated as they were.

My tribute to mid February…thoughts?

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31 thoughts on “Midwinter in Rural Iowa – Featured Art Prints

  1. Darlene

    I love what you did with the sky in the top painting. There is something about the quietness of a cold mid-winter day in the country. You captured that well.

  2. Teagan R. Geneviene

    Kirt, I enjoyed every word of this post. …And the prints are gorgeous. You had an eye for the color most refuse to see in a winter landscape. Like the desert, it has colors, but we are used to defining it as bleak and barren. The effect on the sky adds another layer of interest to the compositions. I think it fits well. Happy weekend hugs.

  3. Sue Slaght

    I really think I need to travel in the US more. Who knew that Iowa was so beautiful? Or perhaps it’s just your gorgeous art. I hope our future is filled with road trips.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Funny you should mention the difference. The trip that inspired these prints started for us in Minneapolis. We flew there for a February wedding….rented a car drive down to Cedar Rapids to spend time with family and then drove back up to Minneapolis to catch a flight home. Driving down to Iowa, it was snowing like crazy from Minneapolis all the way south to the Iowa border…then nothing after driving further south in Iowa. Then same thing in reverse going back up. It is colder in Minneapolis generally and because of that I think there are less thawing days between snow storms compared to parts of Iowa! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Jet Eliot

    I really like this tribute to rural Iowa in mid-February, Kirt. As always, I like your color choices, and I also find the rural scenes so quietly calm. Wonderful gallery here today, thank you.

  5. gillmorris

    Kirt, your paintings are simply awesome.. they actually look like photos, I like the technique you have used to give them more texture.. And I also love paths for the same reason as you! Have a wonderful weekend 🙂

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you very much Robin….I wanted to pull out the golden colors to highlight the peaceful, serene scene I was looking at….even in midwinter!! Thanks for stopping by!


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