Friday, October 22, 2010
Oxford Haybales at Twilight - On Masa
I painted this several weeks ago ... it's a scene I love - haybales in a field nearby - but to be different, I changed the colors, worked on Masa paper, and with the color changes, created a feel of twilight - when the light turns things rosy ...
Today, the bales in this field are neatly stacked in the farmer's barn and the fields, with temps still high during the day, continue to grow. They're turning more gold than green as the season moves closer and closer to our first frost.
Our group of volunteers enjoyed the short time we had at the State Fair yesterday. With the fair's emphasis on agriculture, we took in the small gardens - about two dozen 12' x 12' (approximately) plots that were designed and landscaped by different groups -- what creative, incredible works of art and horticulture! We saw 'candy land' gardens - a wonderful idea for children based on the popular board game, animal gardens with inclusions based on animal names (cattails, bear britches and the like), a recycled garden with all sorts of creative ways to use recycled materials in your garden, vegetable gardens including one from a neighboring county's Plant a Row for the Hungry volunteers, high school and college horticulture groups -- absolutely amazing!!! Of course the 360 pound pumpkin was a thing to behold too - reminded me of Cinderella's coach! LOL
Wish we could have stayed longer -- the day, warm in the mid 70s -- brought out thousands of people and such a busy place made it difficult to stop and chat with the vendors or to see everything we wanted -- but what sights to behold!
Today my friend comes to paint, and I begin processing apples and more persimmons ... We are expecting a 'scattering' of frost this weekend in my area -- so Jodi and I will probably spend a bit of time outdoors with the still-blooming flowers -- while we can!
Hope your weekend is wonderful!