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"Near The Barn" Oliver Loveday  2010
 

Near the Barn, January 15, 2010

Somewhere beneath a slouching sun in the snow covered meadow stands a barn. Peering through the freezing wind that makes the eyes water, one sees the dark shadows and lines of emerging boundaries. Tears blur the view and wrinkle the lines as the hand shakes in the winter cold in the dance between space and paper. The crystal brilliant glint of sunlight reflected off the ice crystals burns into the retina. Survival isn't just a game when the slightest slip could cause a fall on ice. Paying attention to each wrinkle in time between blinks keeps the feet steady and the head on course.

The music in the air; the crystal snap vibration of a winter snowy landscape, burns into the sinuses with each breath. Awareness is heightened. The wind clears the fog billowing from the nostrils. The labored trudge through the snow is exhausting. This brief respite from walking, as we are now near the barn, gives a view that is both comforting and surreal. A moment to catch our breath, as optic distortion streaks like shooting stars through the atmosphere. This isn't home, but it is the last stop before we are home. Another few breaths with attention to the details, as we can't let down our edge as we continue forward, but that will come next. We soak in the view between another few blinks as the wind gusts to remind us that this is no time to tarry. Survival depends upon continual movement forward.

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"Near The Barn"
Pencil
5 x 3.5 inches | 12.7 x 8.9 cm
Strathmore 50 lb | 74 g/m
January 15, 2010

On April 26, 2016, I began the task of doing a series of watercolor paintings based upon the sketches from the "Tunnel Vision Tapes". The process involved using charcoal to sketch out the lines from the pencil sketch. The goal is to get as close as I can to those original lines within a few minutes. Then I would go over the charcoal with an eraser to smudge and push the charcoal into the watercolor paper. After documenting the charcoal, I would take the painting outdoors and work on it with watercolor paint. The next day I would do a second session with each painting. Using the "dry brush" technique on the previous session would increase the luster, richness of the colors already down, and add more color to areas as needed. While the original sketches are not for sale, these works are available by credit card via PayPal. To see detail photographs of the paintings, click the photograph to go to the watercolor page it is presented on.

 

 

"Near the Barn" Oliver Loveday  2016
"Near the Barn" Oliver Loveday  2016
"Near the Barn" Oliver Loveday  2016
"Near the Barn" Oliver Loveday  2016
 

"Near the Barn"
Charcoal and watercolor
30 x 22 inches | 76 x 56 cm 120 lb/300 gsm cold press
May 4, 2016
$3,500.00 (USD)

 

 

"Near the Barn"
(detail)

 

"Near the Barn"
(detail)

 

"Near the Barn"
(detail)

 

 

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