Sunday, June 27, 2010

Open Season on Barns

"Yellow Barn in Morning Light"
9x12, oil

Barns, especially red barns, are sometimes thought of as hackneyed material for the artist. Romantic scenes of rustic architecture may end up on a restaurant placement rather than in a museum. But every landscape artist I know does a barn now and then. There's something attractive about the way sunlight falls on the blocks that make up a barn's shape. I think if you treat the barn as an abstraction and don't try to replicate the rustic quality, your picture may very well escape the grim fate of being selected for a tablemat.

Above is one I did yesterday. I frequently hike past the back end of this barn and, at certain times of day, the light hits it in a way that gives me great pleasure. I've always wanted to paint it like this.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

É fantastico o luminosidade que voce coloca em seus trabalhos, fica tão real que enriquece a simplicidade do trabalho, eu cada vez aprendo mais, muito obrigado. Me apaixono cada vez mais.

Ed Terpening said...

This looks like an unusual palette for you, or maybe it's the medium. Beautiful, captures some peace.

Casey Klahn said...

Wonderful! Not place-mat material - closer to Hopper or Wyeth, IMHO.

Michael Chesley Johnson said...

Thank you, everyone! Ed, it's the same six colors I always use, just applied differently ;)

David said...

Love the greens / yellows as they appear on my screen.

Surprised at the "hackneyed" comment. Although thinking about it, sadly true. I live on a large farm with several red barns. True enough, they are attractive to painters.

I purposely had my barns all repainted with a different color of red...one that I knew would throw artists off. No -- my barns will not become fodder for placemats, at leas the way they are painted. :)

Your painted barn looks like someone's nice home, though, not a barn. And certainly someone's VERY nice painting.

Michael Chesley Johnson said...

Thanks, David and Casey! David - Would love to see a picture of those barns some day.