Famous farm in Vermont

roadside action, by frankeber 2012

roadside action, by frankeber 2012

roadside action, VT detail

roadside action, VT detail

The subject of this painting is the lovely Jenne Farm in Vermont. It is one of the last historic, functioning farms in the United States. It is also the most photographed.

If you want to visit, do it soon because there’s no telling  how much longer it will be there. Sadly, one of the buildings is barely hanging on, and the same goes for the owners from what I have heard. It would be a shame to see this landmark disappear. It is a piece of  American history.

One of my friends who moved to Vermont once said, ‘I’ll never paint a red barn’. Well, that lasted about two days before he broke down simply because….ALL the barns are red!!! LOL  Well, that’s an exaggeration but there’s some truth to it, there are just way too many red barns!

In order to avoid a cheesy painting, I toned the red way down by mixing in some neutrals. I was intrigued by the shadow play on the tin roofs of the buildings. To me, that’s the real subject of this painting. Never mind that it’s a grey and foggy day and in reality, there wouldn’t be any shadows at all!  I never paint reality, I paint what I feel the scene should look like. Or at least I try. The cows are not contained there in any way. They can walk where ever they feel like. It reminded me of Switzerland minus the cow bells.

Vermont is a great state.  You’d be hard pressed to find many of these awful fast food places anywhere in the countryside. There are all kinds of mom and pop places that sell regional specialties and Vermont lawmakers recently introduced a resolution asking the Federal government for increased jurisdiction over what foods can be purchased using the state’s food stamps. The goal is to make it impossible to purchase junk food with food stamps. A great idea, in my opinion.

I want to thank Everyone for visiting my blog this past year! 2012 was a great year, here’s to 2013 to make it even better! Happy and Prosperous New year to You, Dear Reader!


4 thoughts on “Famous farm in Vermont

  1. Rongmei@aol.com

    Hi Frank, Wow! Your painting brought me back to my own Vermont trip last year while I was in your class at P. V. Art Center; and Switzerland’s cows ring the bells in my memory. Those were the happy times, Thanks for sharing. Did you move? Are you still teaching at all? I learned so much from you and you are a very good teacher and artist! Your paintings getting more elusive and mysterious, may I say? Happy New Year to you and your family. Your student, May

    1. frankeber Post author

      Dear May,

      No, haven’t moved yet, still in the same place. Thanks for the nice comment. As artists we are constantly evolving, so I think it’s good that our work changes over time. Hope you’re still painting! Good to hear from you and Happy New Year!

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