Monday, February 13, 2012

Sentinel Series

"Be content with what you are, and wish not change; nor dread your last day, nor long for it".
Marcus Aurelius

On the Easel;

Gray Sentinel - First large scale painting for my 'sentinel series'. Work in progress. 16" x 20" acrylic on cradled birchwood.
I feel that I am on the way or going in the right direction with this. There are elements I am happy with and feel I am achieving my goals...but some things that I want to add, but not sure how to do it. I think I may just have to be happy with this and the other will come with more works under my belt.

I am new to this area; South Western Ontario and have noticed a troubling trend happening. The small, 50 to 200 acre working farms are disappearing fast. There are so many abandoned barns and out buildings and even farm houses scattered around the region. The only way a farmer can make it in today's economy is to run and combine several small farms through leasing. This means the outbuildings on these small farms are not being utilized for the most part and are falling into shambles. Most are used for storage of old machinery or other miscellaneous items.

We live near the shores of Lake Erie, with Lake Huron to the north, so the winds can be constant and strong coming off the lakes from either direction. Many fields are just left to grow wild and are not being utilized to grow crops (or as they say here, cash crops). I will go into more about this in another blog post because I have a series in mind about this crisis too! But I wanted to portray these huge abandoned buildings surrounded by the long grasses, moving constantly in the breeze. Being new to this area, I use these buildings as landmarks so I can remember where I am. That seems to be their main purpose least until they finally deconstruct and fall down.

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