Barn Country


Starting a new commission. And this one has a cool red barn! It’s going to be a fun departure from my usual garden/architecture pieces. That’s one of the neatest things about collaborating with my collectors, I get to paint subjects I normally wouldn’t think of! My sketch is shown above. If you’d like to see the picture larger just click on the image.


I begin by drawing up the gate posts. Getting the foreground elements in first helps me to determine the exact placement of the barn in the background. I use my sketch, as well as reference photos of the farm, as guides.


Large half whiskey barrels, at the base of the posts, will be filled with Coreopsis, Nasturtiums, Sweet Potato Vine and Angelonia.


Bracing my wrist against the mahl stick to steady my hand, the barn is sketched with a brush dipped in a thin oil wash of MUD (Ultramarine Blue + Alizarin Crimson) + Liquin.


The windows and large door on the front of the barn are washed in with the same mixture. The crowning touch is adding the cupola on top!


An old, John Deere tractor sits out in the pasture in front of the barn.


We’re all sketched up and ready to begin painting in our next session. If you would like to receive an email every time I publish a new post please feel free to subscribe to my blog. CLICK THIS LINK and scroll to the upper right side of the page. You will see a heading EMAIL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Just enter your email address and click the button “Sign me up!”  It’s easy. And if you enjoy my blog please CLICK the FaceBook LIKE Button. As we say in Texas, “Much Obliged!

2 Responses to “Barn Country”

  1. Annette Jones Says:

    This will be so exciting to follow along and see it come to life.

  2. Paintbrush1984 Says:

    I love this one already! This is so different from the usual ones that you do!

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