Monday, February 06, 2012

Oxford Barn in the Grasses

Oxford Barn in the Grasses by linfrye
Oxford Barn in the Grasses, a photo by linfrye on Flickr.

10" x 13"
Arches 140#CP

There are favorite rural sites that I thorough enjoy returning to time and time again - even though I am living among them. This barn is one of them.

It sits on a number of acres bordered by the road we drive when going to our favorite park to walk, and I love seeing how different it looks in each season. It's been long abandoned, but every once in a while, the tall grasses get mowed and the fields around it are planted - so apparently the property is still owned and somewhat maintained.

What I love most about these old structures is the history contained within their weathered wood, the architecture, and most of all, the fields upon which they stand. These are the remnants of stories and life and seasons and plants that provided a livelihood, a way of life, relationships, a family. If the wood could talk, we'd know of the hardships and joys, the failures and successes, the rain and the wind and the sun over time. We catch a glimpse of what was, while viewing what remains. They remind me of our fragility and impermanence, and most of all, time passing.

"Make hay while the sun shines" isn't just for farmers. It's for all of us as we too wear the seasons on our bodies and our faces ......

6 comments:

Lorraine said...

Ah it's so lovely Lin -- a return to your favorite subject. I have always loved old barns and houses and covered bridges. This one you've painted is especially wonderful and you've captured that rusty old roof with just the right amount of sway in it. Gorgeous altogether!
Hugs,
Lorraine

Joan T said...

This is gorgeous...the colors and the textures are so great! When I come across spots like this it is like finding a gem in a field. Thanks for sharing your work with me. Have a great day!

Lynn said...

Absolutely beautiful colors and depth!

Janina B. said...

Es ist ein herrliches Aquarell. Die Landschaft so zu malen ist ein Geschenk.
Herzliche GrĂ¼sse
janina

Teri Casper said...

I just love your rural paintings Lin, so beautiful!

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Beautiful work Lin. Have you changed your blog? Love the colors in this and now I will enjoy the rest of your lovely paintings.