A Barn in Vermont

Terry Barn

This is a fun painting for a longtime collector. Terry and Joe are building a barn/summer home on their Vermont farm. She asked me to paint the barn for Joe’s Christmas gift. The only thing is it isn’t finished, the construction was at this stage when we began our project. I assured her that wasn’t a problem so we got to work.

Sierra Exif JPEG

Joe also collects old cars. This is one of his favorites and Terry wanted to incorporate it into the painting.

Terry lamp postsTerry rock walls

Terry also sent several pictures of architectural elements around their property. Lamps will be placed on top of the rock pillars made of old fieldstone that are stalwart guards on either side of the driveway.

SL11112 Joe's Barn Sketch

Bill, the architect, has been wonderful. We’ve emailed back and forth several times. He’s sent lots of pictures and elevations that have been so helpful. Here is my first sketch, the proportions on the lamps need a little adjustment. It looked a bit bare so Terry asked Gordon, her landscape architect, to tell us what he had in mind for the landscaping. He has also been great to work with. I would like to thank both of them for their cheerful assistance.

SL11112 Joe's Barn Sketch 3

This is the final drawing. Gordon has plans to install three large trees in this area, one on the left and two in the field on the right. That will be really pretty catching glimpses of the barn as you proceed up the long driveway. However for the painting we decided not to put in the trees on the right, they would cover over too much of the barn. Terry doesn’t want an exact architectural delineation; our goal is to make a painting of Joe’s barn that will be enjoyed for generations. I’ve aged the landscaping so the tree and shrubs are mature. Joe loves the beginning of winter. “Stick season”, as he calls it, when the brilliant fall foliage is gone and the hills are covered with the soft colors of the bare trees. Terry loves the fall so we’ve let some of the brightly colored leaves remain on the tree at the left of the driveway. Shadows will fall across the snow covered foreground, spotlighting the barn in the sun. We’ll begin working on the canvas in our next session. Thanks for visiting our studio today. Hope you’ll come back soon and follow the progression. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik

6 Responses to “A Barn in Vermont”

  1. mariasotorobbins Says:

    Your sketches are already lovely. This is somewhat of a departure from your usual, isn’t it, but how much fun you’ll have! I look forward to seeing how the “construction” goes.

  2. Catherine Bast Says:

    What an exciting drawing Mikki – I expect you can hardly wait to begin – I will look forward to seeing this develop – Cathy

  3. Joanie Says:

    Wow Mikki. Cannot wait to see this one!!! What a great idea. Will keep in mind for future ideas!!!

    Joanie Zuckerman

    Sent from my iPad

  4. Janet Zeh Says:

    This is going to be lovely Mikki – I like it already!

  5. Karen Burnette Garner Says:

    I can already tell this will be one of my favorite works! Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

  6. Lori Twiggs (@ltwiggs) Says:

    Your work and your process is an inspiration!

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