Saturday, November 10, 2007

Amish Country

5” x 7” (12.7cm x 17.8cm) acrylic on gessoed board
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Sometimes there are those images I just have to paint. My sister and brother-in-law are building an authentic log house from old cabin logs in Amish country, so when we went to see it in progress this summer (see inset photo on my blog) I had the chance to snap a photo of an Amish team of horses on our way back home.

It wasn’t until later when I cropped it down and looked at the detail that it got my attention. I fell in love with the color and light. I couldn’t get the image out of my mind so once I started painting I couldn’t stop until I was satisfied with the mood and feeling. I probably spent more time than I usually do on a small-scale daily painting, but painting is sometimes like an addiction. You can’t stop until you are completely sated.

That’s how it was with this image. I hope some of that feeling comes through to the viewer. It made me want to do a similar large-scale image sometime in the future but I’ll need to think about that some more before I’m ready to commit to this image again. It’s one of those images that scale or size doesn’t make a difference. I remember once seeing a photo of one of Aristide Maillol’s sculptures and thought it was a life sized sculpture but later was surprised to find it was actually only six inched high. Scale was almost irrelevant. It could be six inches or six feet and it would still read very well.

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