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On my recent trip to France I was very much drawn to painting simple scenes with barns and cows as oppose to pompous, medieval fortresses built into rock formations. Sometimes, scenes like this have greater appeal and work much better as a painting. What looks great as a photograph doesn’t necessarily translate into a great painting!
I was very intrigued by the shapes of the barns in the Aquitaine/ Dordogne region of central France. France is very good in preserving their traditions while keeping pace with the modern life in the 21st century. They have big box stores as well, but at the same time also manage to keep their small mom and pop stores alive.
This scene depicts one of said barns at the end of the day. The play of light on the rooftop, the deep shadows of the foreground along with the grazing cows were just waiting to be painted!
Fayac farm estate
Media: original watercolor on paper
Image size: approx. 14″x20″
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