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Good Old Iowa Barns

I was going through some old stock the other day and came across a photo shoot I did in Eastern Iowa circa 2013. The timeframe was February…no snow, but trees were obviously leafless. I love certain subjects in black and white and older architecture is one of them. I converted the original captures into black and white and the following are the results which I just added to my gallery.

The photo shoot was in and around the Amana Colonies ( Wikipedia) settled in 1856 and comprise 7 villages that sit on 26,000 acres of farm land near Iowa City.

Twin Barns In Black And White
Amana Colony Barn
The Stables


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“The Wheel and The Fence” Featured Art Prints

When I am out on photo shoots, I have a general idea what I’m looking for. Sometimes I find it, sometimes what I am seeing leads me down another path. I truly never decide what I am going to do with the photography I have captured until I have reviewed all shots on my computer. When I scrutinize each shot, I start narrowing the field of shots that are worth keeping, need cropping or trashed. During this process, I usually get a feel for what type of final product the shot would look best as. I may keep the shot as is and put it into my Color Photography Gallery, change it to a black and white photograph or create a painted art print in either a watercolor technique or oil technique. Occasionally I look at some of my shots and determine they would look great in a variety of final art prints depending on what ultimate decor someone is working with. “The Wheel and The Fence” is one of those shots. The scene is an old wagon wheel propped up in front of fence on a farm. The capture is from a shoot I did over a year ago in the Amana Colonies which are located in Eastern Iowa. I was out looking for farms, barns and rural scenes that particular day. I ended up with a number of great prints from that venture.

So my first attachment of this shot is done in a sepia tone, creating an old historic “wild west” feel to the print.

I also thought this would look good as a watercolor, a little more soft and subtle creating a traditional look.

And then taking it into an oil painting using earth tones and strong brush strokes, creating an “old world” classic style of print.

Depending upon your taste and interior decor, each style brings a different look to the same scene.

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“The Barn and the Water Pump” The Art Print of the Week

“The Barn and the Water Pump” is from my Architecture Gallery.  The setting is a barn in the Amana Colonies, Iowa during mid winter. The barn itself is very large with stables just to the left of this viewpoint. I chose this particular shot because it highlights the weathered look of the building and the subtleness of an old water pump in the foreground of the scene. I Love the water pump, it just seemed to make the picture. I tried a variety of painting techniques, but for the look I wanted settled on the watercolor style. It adds softness, yet highlights the rustic look.     Enjoy!

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The “P” Barn

From a photo shoot I did last February around the Amana Colonies in Iowa, I have added the attached art print to my Landscape Oil Gallery.  I found this interesting barn (I truly do not know what the “P” is for).  The barn takes on an interesting element when we see it done in a Fauvism style of oil painting. It creates a more abstract image.

Below is the original photograph inspiring the painting.

Original Photograph

Original Photograph

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More Sepia Prints

I added about 25 new art prints to my Sepia Gallery located in my online art gallery: The Wall Gallery.  I wanted to share a few of them here. I love the sepia look for that old world rustic appearance. As I have discussed in prior blogs, the subject matter needs to lend itself to that same ‘feel”. Sepia prints work really well in a number of decors bringing an element of age and history.

Let’s start with the first picutre which I call “Abandoned Farm“. This shot was taken near the Amana Colonies, Iowa in mid February of this year. It was one of those shots that felt good, but I wasn’t sure until I looked at the print in full size. I liked it so much, I have used this shot as a basis for a watercolor and an oil. I like the overall composition and knew it would also look great as a sepia print.

The sepia tone makes it look like it could have been taken in the 30’s or earlier.

The next shot is of old farm equipment just sitting in a field. I took the picture near North Bend, Washington while I was hiking along the Snoqualmie River. This shot was taken with the sole intent of using it as a sepia print. The subject matter lent itself perfectly.

On that same hike, I came across the next two shots and also took them with the sole intent of using them for sepia prints. The aged look and composition spoke volumes to me….

This cabin was right on the banks of the Snoqualmie River. Just a few cabins up , I came across the next shot….

(I would also like to point out that the featured picture at the top of the post came from this same area of the river bank. I enjoyed the cat trying to hide in the shadows.)

So shifting geography, a couple of other prints from the other side of the country…New England.

The first print is of a house on Martha’s Vineyard. The age and weathering of this home lends itself to the sepia tone.

And for the last sample, a large sail boat harbored in a small fishing village in Maine.

Sail boats have that timeless look, especially the larger ones.

These are just a few of the samples I added to The Sepia Gallery….the subject matter in the gallery is “rustic or historic” in appearance. See what you think. Thanks!