Good morning everyone. I’ve just finished this acrylic painting of a lonely farm and I’m so pleased! Because it was really bugging me, and I couldn’t work on it until I came back from my short break. Incidentally, I wonder if you feel the same way when you have some unfinished work lying around? As I recall, I read somewhere that a painting isn’t finished until it stops speaking to you. And I think that pretty much describes the situation for me. Anyway, that conversation is now over, so I can start planning my next big painting.
The Lonely Farm on the Dales
However, this painting is loosely based on a photo I took a couple of years ago. And I vaguely remember the walk – it was limestone country in the dales. To be honest, I can’t be sure whether it was in Derbyshire or the Yorkshire Dales. But, in any case, the walking was gentle and we passed a few settlements like this. In fact, these buildings are probably barns, and we had probably just walked past the house and outbuildings. Possibly further down this hill, in a more sheltered location.
Actually, the thing I remember most about the walk was the quiet peaceful feeling of the place. And the intense green of the grass. Although these buildings are modern barns, I still remember the sense of timeless farming of the land. And, of course, walking in the footsteps of many people from the past on these ancient paths.
Finally, I can see with hindsight that this composition was quite influenced by pieces I have done in my online course. Although, obviously, the location is very different! See one of my Australian landscapes here.
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5 Replies to “Lonely Farm in the Dales”
This is really nice. I love the intense green and the hot summer atmosphere of the scene.
Thank you, Claudia. I’m so pleased that you got it!
Lovely, Margaret, and esp so your memories of the peacefulness and passages of people through time there – the feeling conveys, I think, in this work ❤️
Thank you, Felipe. I’m glad the feeling of people having lived in this place shows through – it’s something I always think about when I walk country paths.
It’s wonderful to have that empathy, then translate it back to us as you do, Margaret ❤️