Saturday, June 19, 2010
The romantic notion of living happily in the country with hens wandering through neat rows of cabbages, the sun shining and everyone living off the land is just that, romantic. The idyllic life that those not living in the country see, has a behind the scenes view that is based in hard physical work, disappointment, hardship and reality. Of course there are pleasures and joy and contentment but they are always tempered by the reality of their opposites.
However, it doesn't stop me from being drawn to the traditional way of country life and to the houses and barns that represent it. Probably because they are so familiar to me and seeing them or drawing them brings back memories.
This is a sketch that I did this morning or an abandoned farmhouse and barn in France. I was having coffee and too lazy to go to the studio to get paper and pen so used an old felt tip pen and the back of a mail flyer to sketch this. The coffee and the pen gave out around the same time, but this scene may be redone in pen and ink at a later date.