Sunday, November 11, 2012

November 4, 2010

I love barns.  Wooden barns. 
These days, they are a dying part of Americana. They are falling down and rotting away.  To maintain one in good condition takes money and time.  I love to pen and ink them and sometimes add some colored pencil.   If they need replacing its cheaper these days to put up a pole barn: one of metal.  To me, the metal ones just don't have the personality, or character of the old ones.
Today, I did a barn from a photograph of a Michigan barn that was photographed by Will Wallgren who was keeping the store at an art gallery I visited over the summer.  He is of the same mind as I am about barns, and as we were talking over the photograph, he told me that this particular barn has met its demise and stands no longer.  To THAT,  I replied, "Nooooooooooooo!"  I bought a greeting card of his photo and I asked him if he would mind if I pen and inked it.  He was gracious and said not at all.
So for my part to keep barns remembered, I will do all the ones I can with no apologies.  The Barn Of The Week:

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November 1, 2012

I didn't know it was Historical Bridge Awareness Month when I did this, but its a happy coincidence!  I finished this last night, and framing it up tonight to be able to display it in our First Friday event downtown tomorrow night.
I also hope to be out bridge hunting this weekend.  I have always loved covered bridges and The Hubs and I had planned on going gallivanting this weekend to find some to do just this^^.  I did this from a print from a photograph, and I am really pleased with the way it turned out!

So, after work today, I went in to a local art shop, gave them the dimensions for a mat to be cut, only to get home to find out it was cut too big.  There is no time to run back to get a new one cut before tomorrow night, as I load up the car on Thursday night (tonight) to make sure I make it to the event on time after work on Friday. So, I am fudging it for now.  It is held between the glass and an uncut mat until I can do it better.  It will work for tomorrow night, and I am nothing if not flexible!  I am excited about this piece and I want to show it!

I have not shown my work before this year, and just displaying it once a month is so much fun.  I have sold some note cards and a couple prints, but I'm working up to selling the real thing.  They feel like children. I know I can't keep them all, though.  If anyone knows a secret to letting them go, let me know.

Well got to get my stuff around for tomorrow night!  Wish me luck!