So many buildings! I think most working farms tend to share this characteristic, as there's always a need over time for more storage (especially if your farmer keeps EVERYTHING like mine does) and then changes in methods and equipment--not to mention new tractors, wagons, etc...
The above Palmer Farm's farmers' latest additional building is the small saphouse just left of center.
My painting time has lately been split between watercolor sketches and oil painting struggles. And they are STRUGGLES. Push pull, scrape away and layer on and rub it off and move on to the next panel. Learning.
I had only been painting with watercolors since last fall, deciding that the smells and mess of oil paints belonged either (1) outdoors, or (2) in a room where food wasn't also being prepared and eaten. While I do enjoy painting in any medium, and I've certainly enjoyed my Monday "Watercolor Dabblings" with the ladies, it felt SO GOOD to get out the oil paints on Sunday and really spread the color.
It's cold outside. It's warm outside! It's cold outside. A couple of teaser days over the weekend had me running around with my camera (an indulgence--possibly in the wrong direction--I bought a Samsung Galaxy 8E tablet on Ebay with the idea that it had a good camera and then without downloading to the cumbersome laptop for reference photo painting use, I could refer right to the tablet) taking landscape shots.
Our "Watercolor Dabbling" group meets for a couple of hours once a week, and it's a nice change of pace to paint in the company of others--four or five of us, with vastly different methods, styles and goals.
My goal today was to translate one of my cell phone snaps of a local scene to a painting with a little life. I like the foreground.