Thursday, April 15, 2010

Yellow Jacket Barn

6" x 6" oil on panel
$100.00 + $10. s/h
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We just got back from a trip to Durango, Co. to visit our son.  Every time we've driven down there, I've looked at this barn and thought it would make a great painting.  This trip I had the opportunity!

My husband and son decided they were going to learn about wild turkeys.  So, after studying wild turkeys on the internet, they decided to go looking for them.  Turkeys come out at sunrise, so we were up before the crack of dawn and driving away!  Little did I know that the "spot" was right by this barn, near the town of Yellow Jacket.  So, while they were off in the woods, I set up across a field from this barn.  Yellow Jacket is not really a town, it's one empty building, but, there is a town sign by the side of the road.  I hope to do a large piece from this study.

While much of the rest of the country is having a warm spring, it was a very cool morning.  I was out here about 7 and it was barely 40.  I was painting in my winter jacket and hat.

To get to Durango, you have to drive over Wolf Creek Pass.  Thought I'd include pictures of the pass this week!


9 comments:

Nancy B. Hartley said...

Pam, Beautiful colors, so vibrant, and bold! Good for you for getting out there in the old temps. It even looks cold from the photos Interesting about the wild turkeys. We have them all over the place around here. One time we even had them on our front porch! Somewhat startling!

Claire Beadon Carnell said...

I love this, Pam, and I think this is going to make an even more amazing studio work. We have wild turkeys on our mountain property, and one time I was fortunate to be uphill when a flock took flight up from the bottom of a valley. It was breathtaking, and I stood there so dumbfounded by the incredible sight that I forgot I had my camera in my hands...

AutumnLeaves said...

We see wild turkeys out by us all of the time. They don't seem to have a preference as to when they are out in public! LOL 'Course, we do have a tendency to be a tad different in my neck of the woods. I love seeing them in the fields are in the trees of the forests. I love the barn but what really captures my eyes is the sunlight on the barn roof. Just gorgeous work, Pam. We're still pretty cool in the mornings too, though the past few days have had us at around 80 degrees in the afternoons. I hope we're not in for a miserably hot/humid summer.

Karen Bruson said...

This is really vibrant, I agree. Great confidence in your brushstrokes.

Celeste Bergin said...

We have a wolf creek pass in Oregon too! That is a lovely painting--very expressive

Ralph said...

Great painting Pam full of life and colour more important as in all your work full of atmosphere.

Dennis Dame said...

Looks great Pam! Love the colors!

Pam Holnback said...

Nancy, Thank you. It was cold. I started painting about 7:30, by 10:15 it was snowing!

Claire, Thanks so much. That flight must have been amazing. Sometimes memory is better than a photo.

Thank you Sherrie, I am looking forward to 80s weather!

Thanks Karen, I know you love barns and paint incredible ones!

Pam Holnback said...

Celeste, Thank you. I bet there are several more Wolf Creeks out there!

Thank you so much Ralph and Dennis!