Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Wide Open Spaces

16x12 Oil on canvas
This is a scene from the countryside of western Virginia in the fall, depicting an old barn I saw along the roadside, while traveling from Dublin to the Mabry Mill. I painted this barn for the first time several years ago, using a different style, as you can see below. It now hangs in one of my relatives’ homes, who lives in close proximity to this location.

The Centurion
Original Sold
In the first painting, my focus was the rustic barn, with its various colors of chipped and faded paint. And the second painting is more about creating a sense of the wide open range, and the inviting clear blue sky that almost minimizes and encompasses the barn. What a difference a composition can make.


  1. Wow, you are so right, what a difference a composition can make and both are very effective. I really like the effect of the wide open space in the most recent one and that sky is WONDERFUL!

  2. Thanks for your comment, Vicki! The smooth transitions in the second painting were more challenging than in the first. After painting similar skies, I'm slowly developing a consistent approach.


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