Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Grain Elevator - Oil on Canvas Board

Grain Elevator - Oil On Canvas Board 9 X 12

July 30, 2013 - I enjoyed painting this scene and especially the foreground. The sky which was meant to have a sweeping motion needs a little work, but overall I'm happy with it. It's mid-summer and the subject matter around these parts is all green, a little too green. So it's nice to try something different once in a while.

These grain elevators and silos are everywhere in the midwestern United States, all you have to do is look for them. Sometimes they pop up in the strangest places or the strangest places pop up around them. From a sleepy prairie, to the middle of a metropolis, these structures remind one of the practicality and ingenuity of the pioneer farmer. Although the scale and materials of a grain elevator have changed and even some of the technology, they are essentially the same elongated structures they've been for a hundred years. You'll usually find a good solid bed of railroad tracks and perhaps even a few grain cars near them. Good subjects to work on as one learns to paint.

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