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Hay Bales by Furnace Mountain

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A painting of hay bales in a field at Furnace Mountain in VA

Hay Bales by Furnace Mountain. 9x12, oil on linen panel. 2015

On the way home from a paint out last fall I stopped at the Point of Rocks boat ramp. Although nothing about the river caught my eye, on the way out I noticed a mowed field by the side of the ramp access road and felt it had some potential.

To make the scene more interesting I changed reality and made the space much deeper - I've never seen a distant treeline in a painting and thought it was too far back.

Hay bales are a staple of the landscape painter's repertoire and art shows are always full of them so I try to limit myself to one a year. This painting may get a few touch-ups once it is dry.