The Rollag, MN Steam Thresher‘s Reunion was a much publicized event this past weekend. They presented wondrous antiques of early threshing machines that still run. You get an idea of how much work it was for a farmer to harvest grain and why these machines were created. The scene in Plenty for All is from a field nearby. Despite delayed planting this spring, the Red River Valley appears to be producing bumper crops. It makes me curious. How many loafs of bread can be made from a bushel of wheat? How many bushels would these fields yield?
The fields of wheat make up biggest proportion of space in this painting. Rows of wheat have turned gold – ready for harvest. Notice the directional change and color of the fields throughout this piece. Some changes are subtle and others are dramatic.
Rural Art Show
See “Plenty for All” at the Red Door Art Gallery and Museum in Wahpeton, ND. This annual event features a variety of interesting paintings of the countryside by regional artists.