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Big Red

This big old red barn is on my route to the grocery store. Every time I drive by it is automatic for me to set my eyes on it. I mean I don’t even think to do it, it just happens. I call it “Big Red” since it is rather large, but mostly because it makes me look. And just like all the other barns I see. I look at that big dark entrance and think to myself “What on earth besides animals are lurking around in there?”

I took a break from the watercolor pencils to work with the oil pastels again. This medium is so much fun to work with. I did work the sky up in some soft pastels and a few bushes as well. So this piece is more of a mixed medium.

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  1. Regardless of the numerous pictures and paintings of barns, I always stop to look at them. I am a horse lover. I showed , trained and taught riding lessons. Barns are magic. Sweet smelling hay the nicker of horses, the munching and low moos of cows or the bleating of sheep and goats. That dark doorway means I may find these things inside and warmth in winter and cooler air in summer. Beautiful picture, Debbie.

    • There still maybe rats or something, eek!
      I had no idea that you raised and trained horses. What I wonderful experience in your life this must have been for you. I imagine you have learned quite a bit about them.
      Thanks for the comment, Leslie!

  2. Another beautiful painting of a barn, I can never get enough and have done several myself. I practically lived in barns when younger and my daughter in a stable, and I helped her on weekends so that she could finish sooner. I guarantee there’s mice… a butch of mice in any barn. I guess they have to live somewhere. Nicely done!

    • Ryan, there you are. I was wondering where you have been. I wanted you to see my “Petunia” a few posts down. I did it in watercolor pencils.
      You were such a nice dad to help your daughter. She is blessed to have you. But I bet you enjoyed the dad and daughter time together didn’t you?
      I knew there were little creature in those barns beside barn animals. My husband is always telling me that every barn needs a cat.lol
      Thank you for the comment, Ryan!

  3. No rats in my barn. 🙂 Cats, though. Every stray cat found their way there, over time. I had a deal with my vet and traded him riding lessons for his daughter for spaying a cat from time to time. Miss those days.

    • Ah ha! All those cats were eating the mice! lol. That was a great deal you worked out with the vet. You say you miss those days. Did you move away from there?

  4. I like barns, I think they are cool. Don’t see any in the city, so i’m glad you painted this.

    • Hi Carol, I understand that there are many beautiful barns in Upstate NY. I think you would really enjoy a drive up that way if you can get away from you busy life.
      Thank you for the comment!

  5. Love this great work 🙂

  6. This barn is wonderful, Debbie! It has a wonderful folk art feel that is irresistible!

  7. Val Erde

     /  January 25, 2011

    Great colour, this barn!
    I love oil pastels, am using them quite a lot at the moment. Wish I could find a way to get them to ‘dry’ though (they don’t, as far as I know. I saw a fixative for them on a site yesterday but I can’t really see what sort would work on them. Any ideas?

  8. Barns are my thing Debbie, things that lurk within are best left alone. I love your pastel work. Beautiful.

    • I know there has got to be critters in there of the worse kind! Every time a stray cat comes roaming around our property my hubby takes if off to someone with a barn.
      Thanks for the comment, Keith!


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