|It's not an Art Barn workshop unless you have chickens!|
The Art Barn occupies 69 acres of woodland and fields, complete with a pond and a trail that runs throughout. In the woods, many wildflowers are blooming: trillium, wake robin (a dusky red trillium), jack-in-the-pulpit and spring beauty. Flowers about to bloom include mayapple and bloodroot, and I'm sure they'll pop the day we leave. The trees are just barely showing some of their spring greens, and the woods are full of that wonderful red-violet.
|Inside the Art Barn|
|I like to display some of the other work from my trip for students, so these are|
some paintings from Zion National Park and Batavia, Illinois
I should give some mention to the farm animals. Jan keeps a miniature pony and burro, plus a quartet of white ducks and so many chickens I can't count them all. This year, we missed our chicken wrangler, so chickens made it into only a couple of paintings. (They don't hold still for long and require a wrangler with plenty of biscuits to feed them.) I did make sure to include one slow-moving hen in my oil demonstration.
|Spring Willow, 12x9 oil|
|Plowed Field, 9x12 pastel - SOLD|
|Yes, we've got roosters, too!|