Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Barn On Avalon Road

Barn On Avalon Road, 6x6
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These farm structures stand about a quarter-mile outside Malvern, Ohio, heading south along Avalon Road, toward Lake Mohawk. The evening before I returned home, I drove all over the area to get as much photographic reference as I could. I was intrigued by this scene, in the way the buildings were nicely tucked into the road embankment and how their geometric shapes radiate out in different directions. The telephone pole approximates the vertical axis of the group.

13 comments:

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

oh this one is wonderfull, you have catch the colours of my chilhood, I grew up in a small town and I play with children in a old farm... exatly these colours and athmosphere...
wonderfull, thank you

Roisin O'Farrell said...

Lovely Stephen, I love how you have captured that low light and the pink tones in the shadows. Róisín

Linda Popple said...

The light in this is amazing on those shapes. Love your colors and great composition.

Layne Cook said...

I like everything about this painting. Lovely neutrals, strong composition, nice handling of the overhead wires. Just a hint of the blue sky...I'm partial to non-blue skies in paintings.

Angela Elledge said...

The very first thing I thought was "very Hopper-like". The building feels isolated and just that sliver of street adds to the isolation, I think that's why it reminded me of his work. Love the variety of neutrals, very well done!

julie davis said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely, Stephen. This works on so many levels. Nice use of the neutrals while still giving a sense of color.

Karen Bruson said...

Nice, subtle colors in this one. Great job on the wires.

Dana Cooper said...

Love the almost tonal nature of this piece Stephen as well as how you handle the light, well done!

Kerri Settle said...

I love this painting. Wonderful composition, and love that off-center telephone pole.

BARON WILSON said...

I agree with these comments. This is a wonderful painting. It does have a Hopper like quality as do many of your paintings with architectural elements. I like your daring to tackle those potentially complex subjects, and even here with the telephone pole & wires as well. Not easily done, Stephen, but you make it look easy. Of course, that is what professionals do, make hard things appear to be done easily.

mary maxam said...

this just puts me directly in front of this barn. so familiar and yet, your own take on it...wonderful grays

Steven said...

This is outstanding!!

lil_cali_grl67 said...

I grew up right there in that area. Lots of happy times playing where the lake is now. What a beautiful painting!