Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Farm Field Sky

Farm Field Sky
Oil on Linen

The tree line in this painting is taken from a photograph I took at my brother-in-law's farm.  There is a field next to the farmhouse.  The crops are rotated there - one year corn, the next year soybeans.  In this painting, the crops have been harvested.  The farmers come in with huge combines and the job is done in a very short time.

I'm still working on those changes.  


Anonymous said...

Janelle, I love the sky colour against the tree colours. Now, what changes are you making in your studio? (lol)
Do you still prefer linen to cotton canvas?....
I'm making a bit of a mess with my oils...but still at it.

neetzy said...

Is this a night sky Janelle? There is a very interesting and mysterious quality that reads as evening full moon reflecting over the little puddle. I like it.

Celeste Bergin said...

ah yes..how things are done on the farm has certainly changed! It's pretty much all "big business" now..give me the old milk farm where people practically killed themselves getting food to Americans. They did it for more than money! But I digress...I love your moody painting...! I especially like the gray sky--a great foil for the golden trees and land.

Pam Holnback said...

Great painting. I like the harvest feel as well as the time of day.

loriann said...

Janelle, It is amazing to see the difference between these two paintings. One in a more tonalist style with a controlled palette and the other with dynamic color. Both are beautiful in two very different ways. The moon one has that feeling of longing and the flowers, feeling of joy. I have been wondering how you feel about the differences of style. Where is you comfort now?
Good luck with your studio reorganization. Now that's a hard job!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Maggie, I had to laugh when you talked about making a mess with oils - it is messy isn't it? Yes, I like the linen so much more. It makes a better underpainting. I'll be talking about the changes soon, but part of that is getting better shots of my paintings with polarized filters.

Hi Neetzy, I'm glad you think it's mysterious - that's what I'm shooting for. Love your recent painting!

Hi Celeste, Yes, I think it's amazing how quickly and easily the crops are taken in these days. The farmers sit in an air-conditioned cab with headphones on!

Hi Pam, Thanks! Now I need to see what you've been up to!

Hi Loriann, You always pose interesting questions and make me think. Hmmm. I think I'm searching for a melding of tonalist and impressionist styles but haven't quite figured it out yet. Maybe colorful tonalism?

Karen said...

Janelle, I'm coming more and more to appreciate and admire your soft edges. I think Loriann's question is so intriguing...because the 2 paintings are so different looking... I look forward to seeing the work towards a resolution!

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Karen, The two styles are so different that it may be a while before I come up with that resolution, but I'm constantly trying! I guess that's our lot - the constant quest :)!!!