Sunday, September 7, 2014



I have had a photo of this barn for a couple of years.  It is located only about a half a mile from where we live.  Barns are rapidly disappearing today.  There was another one more attractive than this one that was located just across the road from our park but it has either fallen apart or been removed over the past few years.  It had a more interesting history than this one because it belonged to the Kelly family who were some of the first settlers in the area.

Now that I have taken the time and effort to draw this one, I will make an effort to find out more about it.  I know several people who have a good knowledge of the history of our town and since there were also some Indian tribes that lived in this area in the early years, I'm wondering if the owner of this barn and the land on which it stands might know something more about the early settlers.

I did this 'painting' with Prisma colors on a page of my art moleskin book.  Though the paper is rather thin it is very smooth and takes the pigment of the colored pencils very well.

Some of you asked to see my picture of the poppies after it was finished, so here it is:

These are my entries for CREATIVE TUESDAY where others who like to draw and paint and are much more creative than I am also post their entries.  Please pop across and visit them by clicking 


Michael said...

OOoh, Chris, first off, I love what you did with the poppies. The grey scroll of vines in the background really pulls it all in together and adds an intricate, delicate feel to the entire piece. These poppies are beautiful. Thank you so much for showing us.

The barn is fabulously dilapidated and old indeed. Perfect. Another well drawn rendition. The story behind it adds character and it would be interesting for sure to learn more about it. Hope you can!

Prismacolous pencils are a fabulous medium but on that require alot of patience, slowly building up the colours as you do so well here (particularly on those poppies).

My fave part of the barn pic? the hillside behind it sweeping up and away, so dusty and old looking too--like some Western where I expect john Wayne to come riding down it on his horse. :)

Thank you for playing along. So glad you had that extra week to do so. I think you'll enjoy the others' too.

mrsnesbitt said...

Wow Chris fantastically awesome stuff here. As the Autumn nip in the air is ever present I too must think of some projects - has to be to sort out the spare bedroom where EVERYTHING is stored - once the room is sorted and decorated I will have some space again - so a good incentive I think!

craftydvl said...

I love the barn AND the poppies! Both are very well rendered with the lines, and the colors are perfect for each. I too thought of Autumn when looking at the Barn. Beautiful work, and great job!

Wanda said...

You are certainly becoming a master of prismacolor pencils.

Both of these are just breathtaking Chris. You have so much patience in your skill, and I on the other hand, am speedy Gonzales.

Love what you do.

Anonymous said...

oh my goodness, both works are amazing, stunning, beautiful, I just love the barn, what stories it could tell,

Christine said...

beautiful old barn, it will be interesting to learn more about the history. And your poppy art is gorgeous!

Patty said...

What a beautiful header for your blog. Thanks for your visit. Keep up the good work.

Alexandra MacVean said...

Great barn, Chris. I like how you even included the little signs on the side and your big bush to the left of it is fantastic! I really want to improve my trees and bushes. :)

Anonymous said...

I just love the trees! And the detailing in the wood. great drawing.

kaybee said...

Two magnificent pieces of art, Chris! And I agree with Michael, the background vines finish off the poppies perfectly. Sure hope you are going to frame that one!

snafu said...

That picture of the barn is fantastic, it just the kind of place I would have been unable to stay away from when I was a kid. Great poppies.