Painting of the Week

Painting of the Week – Golden Reserve

Seeing the Big Shape

Seeing the Big Shape

Golden Reserve shows a more modern way of handling hay than we used on our farm growing up. My sister Darin and I made hay stacks instead of hay bales. After the cut hay had dried, she drove the tractor and I ran the dump rake. I’d push the pedal down with my foot to lift the big rounded rake up to create windrows. I was also in charge of arranging hay on the wagon and to make a pile. She pitched it up to the wagon or down to where I was building the stack. The compositional skills learned surely helped me become a loose artist! It took several loads to clear the field and I used the pitch fork to hold the loosest hay in place so it wouldn’t blow off the wagon. We were happy when we were done as Dad had picked up Fluffy White donuts and made Root-beer Floats for us.

As I continue to paint, arranging shapes still fascinates me. Like in Golden Reserve, notice how the rhythm of the gold shapes of both the hay bales and the out building connect the big shape of the horizon and the foreground like a jig-saw puzzle. A grid was used to unite and create additional patterns. The lake below the trees was implied with deep blue in the shadows.







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