A New Series: Life on the Farm

Last month I took a week-long painting workshop with artist Diane Tesler in which we all painted whatever we wanted but with the intention of creating (or beginning) a body of work. For that week, I decided to work on additional tractor paintings, with the thought of creating a Life on the Farm series (from scenes back home in Missouri, mostly). The workshop was held in an empty historic building in Old Town Alexandria that the Art League of Alexandria rented for the week. The space itself was amazing, and being back in Old Town for the week was awesome. Working with Diane Tesler was really cool - she had great advice and stories, and is a really interesting and talented artist. Here is one of my tractor paintings from that workshop.

Old Blue, oil on canvas, 20"x24"

Old Blue, oil on canvas, 20"x24"

Big Boy, oil on canvas, 24"x30"

Big Boy, oil on canvas, 24"x30"

A Family Farm Tractor

My dad asked me to create a painting for him last year, which I delivered this past summer while on a 5-week roadtrip. In this painting, my dad is driving the old Ford tractor they use for cutting/bailing/moving hay, with my niece Kelsey (the inspiration for the twirling series) riding on the back. It was really fun painting that scene, as it both brought back memories of my own adventures riding on and driving the tractor and gave me a glimpse of life for my dad as a grandpa. The picture doesn't quite do it justice, but since it is now hanging in Missouri, this will have to do.

Tractor Ride, oil on canvas, 16"x20"

Tractor Ride, oil on canvas, 16"x20"