Monday, June 27, 2016

Laundry Day

Laundry Day
plein air oil  8" x 10"
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This plein air piece is from a recent painting morning at Rock Ledge Ranch here in Colorado Springs.  I've painted many times at the Ranch.  It's a historical, "educational, non-profit living history farm and museum that depicts life in the Pikes Peak region in four time periods:  American Indian area in 1775;  1860's Galloway Homestead;  1880's Chambers Home and Ranch;  1907 Edwardian Country Estate."  Every thing on the ranch is done "in period", the laundry behind the country home was washed in a wringer washing machine and hung out on the line to dry.

My past Rock Ledge Ranch paintings have included sheep, barn, path, shadows, roof area of the country home, and poppies.  But in all of my time there over the years, I've never seen the laundry hanging to dry.  As I walked down the path and looked into the back yard I immediately knew that I'd found what I was going to paint!

My view of the garden from the path...I just knew that this was my painting!  I set up on the other side of the laundry in the shade.  When the "period dressed" woman of the house came out to take down the wash, I asked her to leave it up for a bit longer.


hmuxo said...

Paintings with laundry is always a hit!! LOVE this piece Pam!!!!

carol edan said...

What a lovely start for the new day. How such an ordinary subject made into a lovely painting. Reminder to look and see just what is near and it's potential.

Pam Holnback said...

Thank you Hilda. Most of us use dryers and you don't see lots of laundry anymore.

Carol, Thanks so much. We all need that reminder! Beauty is all around us.