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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