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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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The Barn – Featured Art Prints

“The Barn” is a series of art prints that depict barns. I chose barns as a unified subject to create a visual example of how the look of a print changes depending on the style, color and format used. The best example I can think of is when you think of a barn, you picture a rural setting and your mind predetermines what type of décor would be appropriate for such an art print. While there is truth to that to some degree, my examples tell the story of how that can change depending on the style of presentation.


The first art print is a large red barn. The clean lines of the barn lend themselves to a more modern look. For this print, I used a somewhat abstract or linear approach creating clean simple lines and thus a more contemporary feel.


 

The second art print was done using a traditional watercolor technique and creates that expected overall look of a barn.


 

Print number three is done using a pointillism technique that creates a very soft, subtle presentation of twin barns.


 

The fourth print is done in a gothic style of painting. The earthen tones and bold brush strokes create a very “old world” look.


 

The final art print is a typical red barn done in a traditional impasto style with large brush strokes and brighter, bolder colors.


 

Each print is of a rural barn, but each print creates a different visual experience and look. Thoughts?


 

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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!