Apparently I am on a mission to paint barns. I did three more. I have a file of photographs I've taken of another six or so. They may well become paintings at some point. And I have folks from FB sending me photos of barns they see on the road, all over Washington. I don't really want to work from other people's photographs but now I also have a list of places to go do some more picture-taking if I want to. (The exception is for commissions. Then it's not really considered a "derivative work". I may be getting a commission to do a painting of a barn for a family whose barn finally blew down. The only possible references are their photos.)

After the first three barns in Olalla, I turned my attention to a couple of barns in my own neighborhood. 
This one is entitled "Manchester Memory".  Oils on canvas, 22" x 28". 

This next barn is on the same road near Manchester Park. I called it "Moss and Metal", and if you look at the two roofs, you can see why. Oils on canvas, 18" x 24"
After I posted it on FB, the owner's wife contacted me and told me a bit about the family history. Her husband has owned the barn for a very long time. 50 years I think, though the barn is older than that. When he was young, a girlfriend painted a watercolor of the barn for him. Wife says it's not so good.
I had a Giclee print made and framed it. I am giving it to them free of charge. I figured it was only fair.
The wife will be giving it to her husband for his birthday. I'm sure she's hoping the other picture will come down. Hah!


Here is a fourth barn in the Olalla Barn series. It's just a bit up the road from the other three. I like that it's not red.
Oils on canvas, 18" x 24".


Last, the truck painting. It's probably a 1949 or '50 Dodge, according to someone who knows more about these things than I do. The truck is only a mile from my house, between where I live and the two Manchester barns pictured above. It's been sitting in that field for years and years. It used to be green, and some of it still is. It's invisible for a good part of the year, because the blackberries tend to overgrow it. I managed to get a few late-winter pictures to work from.
I call it "Long Term Parking".  Oils on canvas, 16" x 20".


Taking a couple of days off now to consider what I want to paint next. 

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Comment by marilyn sands on March 20, 2018 at 8:51pm

Yes!  Manchester Memory & Olalla Barn are my favs.

Comment by Rosigami on March 20, 2018 at 9:11pm

Thanks Marilyn, I like knowing that!

Comment by Ron Powell on March 21, 2018 at 6:08am

Just when I thought you had peaked on your treatment of the barn, you improve!

The truck looks like a photo taken with a high quality HD device....

Comment by Rosigami on March 21, 2018 at 6:55am

Ron, thank you. Lots of time spent and I feel like the effort is having an effect. It’s very encouraging! 

Comment by Rosigami on March 21, 2018 at 8:58am

Monkey, yes, I used the same palette for everything in the truck painting except the sky, and yes that was intentional. It’s actually how the real place appears and I wanted to capture that if I could.

i just finished it yesterday!

The gallery curators have seen the first three barn images via email and were very enthusiastic in their response. They want to see this series of works in person later this spring. 

The four Olalla barns will likely be shown locally first. There is a winery, a grange hall and a community club who have expressed interest. 

I’m continuing to look locally for old trucks, barns and boats to paint. The blp loves driving around in the search, so that’s been fun.

Comment by Rosigami on March 21, 2018 at 1:31pm

thanks miz munkee

Comment by J.P. Hart on March 22, 2018 at 9:48am


Splendid w.o.r.k!  

(I don't know what a Manchester barn is --- apparently the lateral or adjacent slanted roofs?  Whoa the truck.  'Minds me of an abandoned milk delivery van I photoed where it had crashed laid on its side forevermore; kinda abandoned, junked maybe, off a high overpass on one of those pristine-proverbial blue highways near the Mississippi River. No doubt in or around God's Country (La Crosse County, wI) rollin' down to the sea, you know, young and free . . .

Comment by Steel Breeze on March 22, 2018 at 10:25am


Comment by Rosigami on March 22, 2018 at 12:40pm

J.P. Hart, loved your comment. Thank you. The first two paintings are both "Manchester" barns; only because they reside in the community of Manchester, WA, just down the road from Manchester Park. 
Those old trucks are very, very beautiful to me. 

Comment by Rosigami on March 22, 2018 at 12:40pm

Thanks for coming by, Steel. Much appreciated. 


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