One April morning I rose early and headed out to Shaker
Village. This Spring has
been one of the most beautiful in memory and this particular morning was so perfect
I just had to get out and try to make some art. I strolled around the village soaking up the good
energy, looking for interesting value shape patterns and pleasing divisions of
Mid-April in Kentucky can be artistically challenging; some
of the trees havenít leafed out and are still nearly bare creating a wintery
look, while the thick green grass and sunshine and everything blooming yields a
full blown Spring look. It
can send mixed messages if you paint the trees with too sparse of foliage. But Iíve got to say, on a day like this,
well, who cares. It is a gift to
walk in this place among the Shakerís architecture and beside the old trees and
gardens in the peace and quiet and feel the sun on my shoulders.
This painting is from a photo taken on my walk. This building is the dining room at the Inn at Shaker Village. Before it you see the spring garden, with
markers showing where various crops were planted. Inside is the smell fresh
coffee and the clink of plates and silverware as people enjoy their breakfast.
I hope this painting evokes within you the same good early
Spring feeling I had while I was there.