Winter Barn

 Barn in Late Autumn

Winter Barn

Acrylic on canvas panel, 11” x 14”

During an intense time in my last city assignment, my cardiologist told me to find a relaxing hobby or die soon. I started painting—something I had done as a child with paint-by-numbers. I had tucked away a small book, Acrylics: Translucent Techniques for Landscape Painters by R. Bradford Johnson (Tustin, CA: Walter Foster publishing, 1984) for my retirement days. Just a few years away and wanting to live long enough to retire, I began the painting lessons from his book. Every painting popped to life and painting became a part of my life thanks to this kick-start.

As lesson #3, Winter Barn demonstrated how easy it is for someone to learn to paint. I am grateful for the instruction of artist/writer, R. Bradford Johnson. Winter Barn has inspired my love for painting landscapes and old buildings of the West.

©Penelope Culbreth-Graft, June 2013

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