Monday, July 21, 2014

Countryside Folk Art

I'm a little bit country.

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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.

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Ta-da!  See, you're a little bit country too.

I think there is something beautiful

 about the simple shapes,

vibrant color,


light and shadow

in these folksy art pieces.

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Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

Lovely as always. I also like the other two artist's paintings.

ANNE said...

I adore this!! Fabulous colours too - great job!

Twice Nice said...

Love, love this! That dip and drag method is just fascinating to me. Love the texture you get with that! said...

It is perfect on that rustic board!

Kammy's Korner said...

So charming!! I love it! Thanks for sharing on Kammy's Korner!

Artsy VaVa said...

I love the painting! Pinned it.

Anonymous said...

This is sooo pretty. The colors are so vibrant! I wish I had your hand/eye for painting... another lovely piece!