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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

This old house

"This Old House," 5 1/2 by 7 watercolor, 300 lb. d'Arches cold press paper
A favorite old song is "This Old House." Catchy tune and beat, up lifting. And now as I get older, the lyrics  fit even more, reminding me of the metaphor.
I've always been attracted to abandoned rural buildings, I think because they spur my interest about the lives and stories that are probably long lost and forgotten. As a photographer I've almost always stopped to get photos of the vacant windows and weathered siding of farm houses, of barns, or sheds. 
To me they're not sad, but adventures in imagination, adventures along the back roads. Those are adventures in happiness.
Today's painting was inspired by this photo by @DewEze on Facebook, thanking farmers for not taking off work in cold weather.
Daily #worldwatercolorgroup January paint happy things challenge 

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