La vieille grange

On days in February and March when grey skies and dirty snow surround us, I go off in a desperate search for something colourful to sketch. The colour can be on anything — store signage, a yellow house exterior, or even farm equipment. It’s been some time since I’ve sketched at The Old Barn, at Macdonald Farm, but I know I can always count on finding interesting tidbits to sketch there. Painted on two pages of a Handbook Journal, 8″ x 8″.FarmStuff

8 Comments on “La vieille grange”

  1. andre savard. says:

    Amaising what you can find if you look hard enough.
    Yellow, red ocre, payne gray with a touch of blue.

  2. Rita M Cleary says:

    Such an excellent idea: searching for subjects with COLOR for these long gray winter days. Just today. I saw early bulb shoots, promising the return of natural color soon. You created a bright, happy painting even apart from the pops of color.

  3. Judy Sopher says:

    Farm equipment is so interesting. This makes a lovely painting. the balance of the yellow machines and the wires above–and, of course, your use of shadows puling it all together. One question–pencil drawing first? what pencil do you use?

    • Hi Judy. Thanks for writing. There certainly is a bit of pencil drawing on this one, as it drawn with the same pencil I always use. It’s a B lead in a mechanical pencil.

  4. lynnbowes says:

    I work hard to keep my colors fresh and it’s so easy to let them get muddy on melting grey snows and old stone buildings. There is still something bright in your work and your posts make me work toward that in my own. Thank you for the daily inspiration!

    • Thanks very much Lynn. There’s a lot of muddy areas in this one but if you have some bright spots (like the yellow), they seem to stand out even more amidst all the neutrals.

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