12″ x 24″ Oil on Panel
This painting was commissioned by the lovely Kamie Edwards as a gift to her brother. During their childhood years living in rural North Carolina the surrounding countryside was dotted with Tobacco Barns. Today little remain of these vestiges of time but to Kamie and her family these oddly shaped, run-down buildings hold sentimental value. There was a time when her brother worked in one of these barns.
I wanted to give this painting the emotion of the gift itself; To have a warm reminiscent and secluded composition where a person would feel comfortable. The scene is set in the hours of dusk where a warm sunset sky is setting and a clearance in the woods where the barn presents itself. For the barn I painted an old but in use barn with tobacco drying in the opening. The walls and roof have warm orange highlights.
This was my second painting created in this more impressionistic style using nothing but a palette knife after a quick sketch. What I really enjoy about this technique is how to create shapes and detail through color. This technique absolutely advanced my understanding of suggestion of detail. The tobacco leaves in the foreground were just a couple strokes with the knife and they fade into the shadows of the edges of the painting. What this does is suggest the field of plants in front of the barn without distracting the viewers eye from the subject in the middle ground.