Simplifying a Complicated Rural Scene

“I knew this lovely old barn would make a great subject, but a maze of cattle pens cluttered up the foreground,” says Dan Marshall. “Eliminating the pens simplified the space and created a more inviting path for the viewer’s eye to travel into the scene. I then used shadows and the angles of the barn to form a visually interesting zigzag pattern that would move the eye further around the painting.”

“Sedalia Shadows” (watercolor, 10 x 14 in.) by Dan Marshall
Back on the Farm

From free-range chickens and fruit-laden orchards to pickup trucks and split-rail fences, scenes of rural life offer much to inspire watermedia painters. Wind your way down the country roads and bucolic byways traversed by the six watermedia artists whose work is featured below and find yourself back on the farm.

“Fallbrook” (casein, 11 x 14 in.) by Krentz Johnson
“Here a Chick, There a Chick” (watercolor, 11 x 14 in.) by  Susan Lynn
“Sadler’s Hidden Treasure” (acrylic, 16 x 20 in.) by Spencer Meagher
“Rose-Colored Winery” (watercolor, 9 x 12 in.) by Richard Russell Sneary
“Spigot & Bucket” (watercolor, 10 x 10 in.) by Kathleen Lanzoni
“The Farmer’s Backyard” (watercolor, 9 x 12 in.) by Barbara Tapp


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