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Sunday, January 10, 2010
Firestone Farm - Krista
I created this sketch from a photo I took in the late 1980's. It has remained a favorite photo because I still visit this place even today.
Painting #7 of 100
Watercolor, 7 x 9", Aquabee sketchbook, 90 lb.
Back then, I took the photograph because I was captivated by the roof’s inlaid geometric design. I remember turning around to look back at the house for some reason, seeing the roof, and exclaiming in wonder that I must take a photo of it.
It was only later, looking at the photograph anew with artist’s eyes, that I realized how the strong lines of the fence and shadows pulled me in and almost begged me to paint it. One reason I love working from old photos is that you get to revisit those memories from your past all over again.
When sketching, I simplified the background by eliminating the outbuildings to focus on the fence shadows, leading the way up to the house. I also eliminated some of the background trees because, truthfully, I could not see a lot of detail back there. This was meant to be a sketch only, but perhaps I might make it into a formal painting at a later date.
If you’d like more information about the Firestone Farm and the Henry Ford Museum, please visit my personal blog. You can get there from the link on the side bar.