Country Woman Paints

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barn painting
barn painting

The Barn

This is the beginnings of a small acrylic painting I’m pottering around with.
Since taking this photo, it has an appaloosa, bright blue skies and less color in the foreground.
Just a tad behind on this poor, castaway blog…

Apologies I’ve not been online much lately, commenting here or anywhere else.
I’ve been recovering from yet another dental thing and they are beginning to wear me out.
I think there IS light at the end of this tunnel but I’m not seeing it… yet.

I may not have much of a sense of humor either….

At least I can paint without talking or eating so you will be seeing a wee bit more of that drama instead!

“If I keep a green bough in my heart the singing bird will come.”
Chinese proverb

Our old barn

Our old barn

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20 thoughts on “Painting of the Barn

  1. Mary says:

    So great to see you painting, this is shaping up to be wonderful – with the heavy texture, soft lines and my favorite, your choice of colors (that bit of blue in the barn for a complementary touch – love it). Just saw that you guys had a 4.1 earthquake last night – hope all is well and for your old barn! Sorry to hear about your surgery and do hope the light at the end of this very long nightmare is almost over. Have a lovely memorial day weekend.


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Hi Mary,
      Thank you for your lovely comment. It’s nice to hear from you with apologies I’ve not been present lately. Ah well, what’s to be done I suppose. Painting saves me most of the time if I’m honest. I’ve not got the most compliant body or mind and art has always given me much more than I give to it. 🙂

      I am a color freak and this is a MOST colorful barn! I’ve never seen one quite like it and know farmer would never do it to his barn! LOL! And I love texture and this is covered in medium that give it lots of lumps and bumps…. lots of fun!

      Yes, earthquake shook us up a bit last night. We hadn’t had any for some time and this one was only a second or two but almost as strong as the Napa quake several months ago. I think each time we have one, everyone sort of, in the back of the mind, wonders if there will be something coming along stronger but nothing so far, knock wood!(running to knock on my table.)

      I hope your weekend is filled with all things you most would like and good weather in which to enjoy them. xox


  2. Love your painting style! This is so pretty and I love your colors. Glad to hear you are feeling better and that most of that oral surgery is behind you.


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Hi Janell,
      Thank you for your kind comment. It’s most appreciated. I’m afraid I’m simply taking an extended break from all the work to be done but if I can, I’ll make it “extend” into the next decade, if possible. I’m very tired of it all and I’ve barely even touched a rosebush because of feeling so awful. So with a bit of feeling better, I’ve been painting more and plan on a little gardening if the weather clears like it’s supposed to, fingers crossed. (NO rain unfortunately) Have a wonderful one yourself!


  3. Love this painting. Different than most of yours. I always find painting to be restorative for me in many ways. No matter….if I pick up a brush, everything seems doable. It is a wonderful gift of peace. Blessings to you sweet one.


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Hi Gretchen,
      Hoping your weekend is turning out lovely so far. I’m not sure where exactly you are but hoping you aren’t exposed to that awful oil spill. It’s so disgustingly terrible AND irresponsible. I saw today that there are some dolphin deaths… so sad!

      Yes, this is a different painting than I usually post or paint. I do love texture tho and find that acrylic can really give me that fix if I’m craving it. I’m very much the same with my painting and have even set up a little table in my bedroom if I cannot get to my studio due to health challenges. Watercolor is wonderfully moveable! Lately I’ve been into textures and really cannot sit for long right now so stand to paint. Sit AND stand 🙂 It’s a “painting” instead of a “walking” meditation!

      Many blessings right back to you, my dear.


      1. I am in the San Bernardino National Forest about 70 miles east of Los Angeles. So I am pretty much from all that happens ‘below.’ I have not been able to sit for more than 40 minutes at a time this winter due to a spinal injury. It has been 6 months in the healing, epidurals, yoga and oxicodone. I have done work standing….weird what we will do to paint. For me painting, sketching, and such keep depression away from my door. Art is meditative for me. You do keep on going…….so important. And the art that you create belies your pain and sickness. Many blessings to you my friend.


        1. ĽAdelaide says:

          i’d be interested to know what yoga is helping you as we have similar issues with chronic pain. my spine is fused and always hurts and nerve entrapment in my pelvis and other things that tend to make life challenging. i too cannot sit for more than minutes at a time but do not use meds anymore for it. i simply can’t tolerate many meds and with the 6 months now of oral surgeries along with 3 infections i fought without meds other than diet and supplements, i’m at a low ebb. fingers crossed all will just settle down for a few months to allow healing!

          holistic medicine and healing techniques can be so helpful and i am now reading so many places how art is such wonderful therapy tho we already know that! 😄 i think we must keep on keeping on even if it means opening our eyes in the morning and that’s about it. i miss being in my studio but have had an attack of MCS that won’t quit. it’s sulfur spraying time and that always makes me sick tho it really got me this time. “maybe tomorrow” is a continuing theme for me.

          blessings to you, Gretchen, no matter what the body does. i know the magic you make with your art is making magic within you too. I do hope you begin to find relief soon. xxx


          1. My orthopedic surgeon and my rheumatologist and anethesiologist said YOGA. I have been practicing hatha yoga for 40 years so I don’t go to a class but daily practice at home. Very light and on the floor. It will keep you from freezing up. I have a lovely 20 minute cd by Rodney Yee called beginners yoga. It is certainly relaxing and stretches everything. Nothing too strenuous.


  4. susancrow says:

    I really like the contrast between the intense textures and the soft colors of your barn. The best thing about painting acrylics is that they can keep on getting better layer after layer. This one is going to be a treasure.

    I’m so very sorry to hear the oral surgery has continued to be necessary. You’d think with such a limited number of teeth in our mouths it would all have to stop somewhere, wouldn’t you? As I learned as well, that ain’t necessarily the case. You know I’m sending good thoughts your way.


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      thank you, my sweet friend. yes, it is so much fun to play with all those fun textures that show up and with practice, i find i’m not fighting the paint as i was at one time. this is fun and i’m also working on a larger canvas in the same vein. i also using matt glaze nothing shiny as acrylic usually is. i don’t like that plastic-y look of acrylic, rather like the encaustic look of these i’m doing now. i’m going to sell them i think. needing money badly! all this was fun… til i got laid up but it’s a matter of the sun coming out and getting a break from health stressors. like my dentist….

      thanks for your positive thoughts, darling… they are always wanted and appreciated. xoxo


    2. ĽAdelaide says:

      Thank you, dear friend. Yes, it seems it is a never-ending saga of ups and downs. Since my last foray a few weeks ago, I’m beginning to think I’m going to be losing this much-maligned tooth, recently “fixed”. It’s another RC that needed to be filled along the gum line, and then, showed no infection that I knew about. HOWEVER this weekend the thing has flared up like all the others and is now yelling for attention. I’m using grams of C along with some pain med tonight-hence why I’m wide awake at 12:34am!

      Ah well, it IS forcing me to use my art, to throw paint and draw my heart out on the page…. Times like these make me happy I have the freedom and means to splash to my heart’s content. Otherwise who knows what I’d do with the angst at times…

      I am sure you understand and I so appreciate knowing you are always there with a loving, listening, knowledgeable ear… xoxox


  5. Your pottering is producing treasure, Linda. I love the barn.


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Ah, thank you for your kind comment, Sarah. I’m late getting back online but was warmed to see your words here. I’ve finished it now, to post tonight along with the pony that lives within. 🙂

      Much love to you xo

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  6. An otherworldly barn. I want to see inside…


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Thank you, Elena… Exactly what my daughter said! And that’s the point, I suppose… I am late to get back online but finished this little barn and it’s pony that lives within. I hope you can see your way in! 🙂 If not, you can take a cantor upon my appaloosa!



  7. arnly says:

    I’m happy to see this! The last time I recall you doing a barn painting it went through some fascinating stages on the way to it’s colorful and well populated final version. That is my favorite painting I’ve seen of yours so far. I’m really looking forward to seeing the next shots of the development of this!


    1. ĽAdelaide says:

      Thank you deeply, Steve.
      Your words regarding my work mean much to me. I have a lovely print, one to be exact, of that painting you are referring to. I believe you mean “Red Landscape” with it’s sheep(of course) and cows and dogs and and and… I cannot remember what all I squeezed into that gouache! It is yours if you would like. I believe it’s about 12×19 on lovely archival German paper. Want to do a trade? At one time we had tossed around that idea and I still think it’s a lovely one…

      “Red” was fun to paint but so very time-consuming compared to these little acrylics. I am having fun creating these with a different medium, for now at least. It is immediate, quite colorful yet quiet using the matte medium and I am finding a new range of expression from somewhere inside that needs to come forward… apparently! 🙂

      No wonder “they” are discovering the value held within the creation of art in whatever form that might be. Such a rewarding form of therapy!


      1. arnly says:

        I love the idea of a trade! If you let me know what image on my site you want in exchange, I’m pretty sure I can get a print made. Paintings or Pastels. We are about to embark on a series of prints for the book (In the Tree Top) and I will learn a lot more about prints from my paintings as a result…


        1. ĽAdelaide says:

          I would love a print of almost any painting of yours tho I am partial to the birds and the animals… guess you could figure that one out. 😉 If you are making some prints for the BOOK-does that mean the money all appeared, well, of course it did! So if you are making prints anyway, is that more convenient to trade one of those? I am sure you are busy with everything you are doing right now especially.

          I will be interested to hear what you learn about the print making process. It is a confusing thing to understand with all the technicalities of today. I can take a peak tomorrow at the paintings on your site if you’d rather. It just seems like too much trouble for you. As for this, I already have it done and simply have to get it to you so please don’t trouble yourself over it too much. I’ll still send this to you, just let me know your home address when you’ve got a chance.


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