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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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.
Thank you very much Darlene….appreciate the feedback. I tried to capture the feel of that type of day in that type of setting.
And that you did!!
Thank you very much!!
These are beautiful, Kirt. My brother has taken me on numerous rides into the rural areas. We even hiked a little ways on a dirt road that looked like yours.
I always enjoy hiking around the countryside whenever I go back….love the area around the rivers…lots of trees and rolling hills…thanks for stopping by Dan!
We were hiking along the Skunk River.
Over by Ames…these were from the Iowa River by the Amana Colonies south of Cedar Rapids.
My brother took me there 35 years ago. I hope to get back at some point. I didn’t expect to see hillsides.
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.
Thank you for your kind words!! I was trying to capture the feel of the scenes using the color!! Have a happy restful weekend!!
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.
Thanks Sue….your kind words are much appreciated! Iowa has a nice mix of rolling wooded hills along the river valleys and then wide open fields for farming.
It looks like it has less snow than here in Minneapolis 😀 – way better condition! Beautiful paintings, Kirt! The color composition feels alive and present 🙂
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!
Thanks for the compliment on the prints!!
Thank you very much Kelly….thanks for stopping by!!
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All these scenes look like home to me. 🙂
The scenery I grew up with!😎 Then traded it for Denver, San Diego, Seattle and now Arizona….go figure!
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.
Thank you very much for the feedback Jet and thank you for stopping by! I found the countryside very beautiful even that time of year.
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 🙂
Thank you for the feedback Gill….have a great weekend!!
I love country roads and the beauty in sunlight with golden fields, Kirt. Your painting prints are so stunning! ✨
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!
Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
AN ABANDONED FARM, A FOREST GATE RUSTING…OLD ROADS WITHOUT TRAFFIC…DARK SKIES AREN’T JUST FOR THE WEATHER! KIRT DOES ANOTHER SET OF PICTURES FULL OF MEANING AND EMOTION! 🙂
Thank you for the reblog, Jonathan!!
A great one!