I'm a little bit country.
and I'm always drawn to folk art.
This little slice of country
was a way to explore
light and shadow,
texture and color.
First, I have to show you what inspired me.
I went to the Omaha Summer Arts Festival
and found a wonderful booth
loaded with color.
Here is a picture of Jennifer Cavan's Work.
I have also admired Cathy Horvath's paintings.
They are also very colorful and have such
interesting light and shadow effects.
and obviously I have a thing for barns
and the quaint countryside.
So I had to get my brushes out and give it a go.
I hope you do too!
I built a box with a 5 1/2" fenceboard and some furring strips.
I made it 26" long.
Base painted a mix of brown and raw sienna.
Using white, yellow, and gold,
I dipped my cardstock into all 3 colors
and pulled across the surface,
adding more white at the top
and accenting with raw sienna at the bottom.
I mixed two blue puddles of paint
plus I dipped into the white
to make my sky,
keeping it darker on top and lighter
where it meets the field.
I like some of my base board to show through.
Chalk or pencil transfer the barn template.
Brush base white.
Using light tan and white,
pull cardstock down barn sides
keeping it darker on the right.
Raw Sienna for the roof.
Black and White for the window and door.
Add a little gray to the raw sienna
and make a shadow on the right of the barn.
Keep the left side lighter with more white paint.
Ta-da! See, you're a little bit country too.
I think there is something beautiful
about the simple shapes,
light and shadow
in these folksy art pieces.
Thanks for stopping by today,