Painting the TA Moulton Barn


The T.A. Moulton Barn is all the evidence that is left of the original homestead built by Thomas Alma Moulton and his sons between 1912 and 1945. It is probably the most photographed barn in the United States and the structure, cradled by the Tetons, has become a symbol of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. When Jack and I visited this beautiful area we tried to imagine living in here during those years. What a challenge the winters would have been without modern conveniences. Can you imagine trying to do laundry without a washer and dryer in the middle of January?  We have life so easy these days compared to living on the frontier.


I’m very fortunate, my collector supplied me with several wonderful photos he took of this icon. After completing the roof, the weathered wood sides of the structure are delineated. My wrist rests on the mahl stick, steadying my hand as I work.


We decided to add post and rail fences that aren’t actually there anymore. My left hand is braced against the unpainted portion of the canvas to provide a solid support as I draw the fine details. You may click on this or any of the other images to see them larger.


The grassy meadow in front of the barn is painted with soft greens made of White + Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange and White + Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Orange.


Now for the horses in the background. The bay on the left side of the grouping looks toward the right. He serves as a design element to guide the viewer’s eye back into the painting, toward the main focal point: the running horses in the foreground.


An Appaloosa and Paint graze, totally unconcerned about the frivolity going on in the rest of their pasture. The Paint mare is first painted as if she was completely white, I’ll come back and add her spots.

VIDEO! The grasses and weeds near the foreground horses are blocked in with mixes in various combinations of Pthalo Blue + Cadmium Orange + Cadmium Yellow Medium + White. I work with my largest brush as long as possible, only switching to a smaller one when I have to.


It’s beginning to look a lot like Wyoming! Running horses are next….hope you’ll come back to watch. Hugs,

One Response to “Painting the TA Moulton Barn”


    Nice! Liking the Tetons in the background!

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