Sunday, September 19, 2010

Yellow Fields - Oxford Rural Roads

9" x 12"
Arches 140#CP

We drove around the countryside yesterday taking in the cusp of fall - especially as this year's color has been so adversely affected by the drought. Still, the wildflowers bloom despite the lack of moisture, and the trees, sturdy symbols of strength, hang on to provide a wee bit of shade and a home to so much wildlife. This small painting is a bit of what we saw yesterday -- green turning to yellow, fields of daisies and wild grasses, the sun bright and hot.

Some of our farmers have left their tobacco in the fields while we saw plenty of other fields with rows upon rows of bare sticks indicating tobacco has already gone to market.

It was a quiet ride -- we avoided the bicycle race on some of these same county roads; we avoided the festivals going on in other towns; we avoided the bustle of more urban places.

For us, we simply enjoyed the ride, the 'being in the place' we love, the welcoming of a new season.

Today we will focus a bit on our own yellowing property--break out the garden hose, water those courageous surviving plants, and perhaps, if the weather remains cool this morning, sit on the porch and enjoy the birdsong.

Restoration of the spirit and soul ....

Have a great day.


Lorraine said...

What a lovely country scene -- I love the softness of the trees, the details in the fence and grasses, and the softness of the wildflowers -- and the colors of the wildflowers against the fence and tree. Beautiful -- I can just see it along the side of the road. Glad you had a nice, quiet ride and enjoyed the start of fall.

It was in the high 80's here yesterday and very sunny but low humidity. Still we all became dehydrated as we picked up trash along our designated two miles of Richmond Rd. Since we had 3 teams, I took a slight side trip and did an access road and around Wendy's and Hardee's -- plenty of trash around there! Didn't see anything I'd want to paint though as it had been recently mowed, making it very easy to spot and pick up trash.

Teri C said...

What a beautiful place Lin! Wonderful painting. Thank you for your kind words and prayers. You are such a good friend.