In September as the corn turns twenty shades of gold, it's time to start back to school. The school bus kicks up a lot of dust on our gravel roads. You can see it coming by the clouds rolling over the corn.
Anderson's Bales, Bright October Morning
Watercolor on paper. Framed. 22 x 26 inches. $375
Aside from our spectacular fall colors, we get spectacular fall mists. Some mornings you can see a distinct double layer of mist across the fields. It's a good omen.
Watercolor on paper. Framed. 15 x 12 inches. SOLD
The fall color in our hills out here look just like this. The trees and road do look blue in certain lights.
Watercolor on paper. Framed. 22 x 18 inches. $350
One morning in November, I looked outside just in time to see the chickens walk in a line right through the only shaft of sunlight in the yard. The colors were beautiful.
Watercolor on paper. 9 x 13 inches. Framed. 18 x 22 inches. $350
A late autumn campfire is a good excuse to burn some fallen tree branches and invite the neighbors over for a dinner cooked over the fire.
I Hate to See October Go
Watercolor on paper. Framed. 18 x 22 inches. SOLD.
Autumn's big show is in October. The temperatures stay warm enough that the grass stays green even after the leaves come down. Even at the end of the month, it's warm enough for late gardening and evenings outside. I hate to see October go.
Late evening gold
Watercolor on paper, 18 x 24 inches. $600, unframed.
On late fall evenings, the sky contrasts beautiful with the last golden light of sunset. The trees are set alight and the clouds cling to the last bits of warm color.
Watercolor on paper. Framed. 12 x 15 inches. SOLD
This part of Indiana is just far enough south to grow decent tobacco and when the economy bottomed out in the 1920s and 30s, many families depended on their quota of tobacco to make ends meet. An acre of tobacco would bring in ten times the income of an acre of corn. Almost every property out here has a tobacco barn especially designed to cure tobacco. In the last decade as tobacco use dropped, many farmers here let their quotas lapse and tobacco barns like this one have either been converted to hay barns or left to decay.
The Stalwart Red Barn
Watercolor on paper. Framed. 12 x 15 inches. $200
This barrel-roofed barn is typical of the days when a farm was judged by the quality and number of its outbuildings. Barns were originally painted with a paint mixture that included rust [iron oxide] as a sealant and fungicide. The resulting red color became iconic in some areas of the midwest.