© Robin Edmundson, ‘Goldenrod’, watercolor, 7 x 5 inches. Framed to 10 x 8 inches. $125
In August, the fields turn bright gold in a long succession as several species of goldenrod bloom in tu
Late Summer Fields, Greene County
© Robin Edmundson, 'Late summer fields, Greene County'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches. $375
The late summer color where I live is amazing. The fields closest to us are full of goldenrod, ironweed, blue mist flower, Queen Anne's lace, spotted touch-me-not, helenium, three different kinds of eupatorium and a lot of other blooming things. Summer's last big hurrah before the fall color show takes over.
Where the Ironweed meets the Helianthus and Goldenrod
©Robin Edmundson, ‘Where the Ironweed meets the Helianthus and Goldenrod’, watercolor, 18 x 24 inches. Framed to 24 x 30 inches. $750.
Early in the year, the bottoms are muddy and soft, but in August, when they have a chance to dry out a bit, they explode with color. On cool mornings, when the mist rises over the ponds, these fields sparkle with late summer color.
Overgrown Barn - July
©Robin Edmundson, ‘Overgrown Barn - July’, watercolor, 10 x 10 inches. Framed to 12 x 12 inches. $280.
By July, the edges of the woods move closer and these old barns are overtaken by walnut saplings planted by the squirrels and by the Virginia creeper and poison ivy that sustains many old structures out here. I've heard it said that if it weren't for the poison ivy, most of our fences and barns would just fall over.
© Robin Edmundson, ‘Zinnias’ #4, watercolor, 16 x 12 inches. Framed to 20 x 16 inches. $375.
Zinnias are one of the few flowers I plant from seed every year. I put in a long row on the south side of the vegetable garden and the colors are a constant inspiration for projects of all kinds. They are beautiful until frost and provide a constant supply of cut flowers in the house and studio.
Echinacea Bouquet #4
© Robin Edmundson, 'Echinacea Bouquet #4'. Watercolor on paper. 14 x 10 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches. $375
Our summer roadsides are a constant source of color and delight throughout the summer.
Bergamot - Tetrad
© Robin Edmundson, 'Bergamot - tetrad floral'. Watercolor on paper. 24 x 18 inches inches. Framed, 32 x 26 inches. $750.
Bergamot in an experiment with a tetrad color harmony..
© Robin Edmundson, 'Black-eyed Susans'. Watercolor on paper. 14 x 10 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches. $375
Black-eyed Susans begin blooming right around the summer solstice and their gold echoes the bright summer light.
Turquoise Barn, Haybales
© Robin Edmundson, 'Turquoise Barn, Haybales', watercolor, 18 x 24 inches. Framed 24 x 30 inches. $750
My favorite barns are the ones where the farmer got creative with the color. It's not common to see a blue one, but once in a while you'll see one - probably painted in the late 60s
@Robin Edmundson, ‘July Sky’, watercolor, 18 x 24 inches. Framed to 24 x 30 inches. $750
July days are hot. The hayfields go from green to gold until the next rains come. If we're lucky, there will be enough regular rain for a second cut.
Purple Barn, Twilight
© Robin Edmundson, 'Purple Barn, Twilight'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches. $375
Twilight brings out all the colors that our stories have left on a place. It's part of the magic of a Midwest summer evening.
Clouds over May Pasture
© Robin Edmundson, 'Clouds over May pasture'. Watercolor on paper. 12 x 18 inches. Framed, 20 x 26 inches. $425
We get spectacular skies here, where the glacial plains meet the hills.
This painting was chosen by John Salminen to be included in the juried annual member show of the 2016 Watercolor Society of Indiana.
© Robin Edmundson, 'Robin's beehives'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches. $375
I am a beekeeper. White hives are boring, so I painted them all different colors. It makes that part of the garden really pretty all year long.
© Robin Edmundson, ‘Goldenrod’, watercolor, 10 x 14 inches. Framed to 18 x 22 inches. $375.
From July through September our fields are aglow with a dozen different varieties of goldenrod.
Ironweed & Wildflowers
© Robin Edmundson, 'Ironweed & Wildflowers', watercolor, 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches. $375
I have to say that my favorite wildflowers of the year show up in late summer. The fields and ditches are full of ironweed, black-eyed Susans, lobelia, jewelweed, heleniums, etc. It's a feast for the eyes.
© Robin Edmundson, 'Double trees'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches. $375
On very humid days, the shadows and the distance go blue, but the hay blooms are purple and gold. Makes for a very pretty landscape.
Red barn, Cornfields
© Robin Edmundson, 'Red barn, cornfields'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches. $375
Most people put their barns close-ish to the house, but occasionally we see one parked up on a little hill. This one had doors on both sides so the tractor could be driven straight through. I loved seeing the fields through the doors.
© Robin Edmundson, ‘Steamy Bales’, watercolor on paper, 10 x 14 inches. Framed to 18 x 22 inches. $450.
Our summers are hot and steamy. Even the shadows are hot.
Griffy Lake, May
© Robin Edmundson, 'Griffy Lake, May'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches. $375.
Griffy Lake is a magical place just outside Bloomington, Indiana. One this day, our local plein air group had met and a few of us set up right in front of the parking area. And of course, the sky let go with a few minutes of rain. Once it cleared, the lake was calm and all was quiet except for the birds and a single fishing boat.
Beehive & Smoker
© Robin Edmundson, 'Beehive & smoker'. Watercolor on paper. 14 x 10 inches. Framed, 22 x 18 inches. $375
A single hive stack. I use a smoker when I work the bees. It keeps them calmer. A hive stack can get pretty tall during the year. The bottom 2 or 3 boxes are for brood and the top boxes are for honey. I add two at a time and then pull off the extra honey as it gets capped.
Open Pit Lake - Sullivan County
© Robin Edmundson, ‘Open Pit Lake - Sullivan County’, watercolor on paper, 10 x 14 inches. Framed to 18 x 22 inches. $375.
We're in coal country here. Many of the old open pit mining sites have been turned into lovely lakes and wetlands. There are beautiful surprises around every curve in the road.
Five Silver Silos
© Robin Edmundson, 'Five Silver Silos'. Watercolor on paper, 18 x 24 inches. Framed 26 x 32 inches. $750
Silver silos are iconic out here. They glow against the trees, reflecting the surrounding farmlands. Farms with newer systems have identical silos connected at the tops. Older farms that expanded slowly often have silos of different heights with portable elevators.
Haybales, Blue Trees, Quail
© Robin Edmundson, 'Haybales, Blue Trees, Quail', watercolor, 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches. $375
Late summer, the mowed feels are tempting for the shy birds, like quail. They'll steal in and you'll hear them, but you won't see them...until you drive by one day and scare up a little flock.
Haybale, Summer Sky
© Robin Edmundson, ‘Haybale, Summer Sky’, watercolor, 10 x 14 inches. Framed to 18 x 22 inches. $375
All summer long, our roads are lined with large round haybales, waiting to be gathered into the barn or in long rows for winter feeding.
Cows Grazing, July
© Robin Edmundson, ‘Cows Grazing, July’, watercolor, 10 x 14 inches. Framed to 18 x 22 inches. $375
One of the most peaceful things of the summer is the steady lowing and munching of the cows in the pastures nearby. Black Angus is a common breed out here and the dark cows look well against the golden greens of summer fields.
Red Barn and Pond at Freedom
© Robin Edmundson, 'Red barn and pond at Freedom'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches. $375
This farm is just off the highway in Freedom, Indiana. That red barn just glows in the surrounding green and the pond reflected just a bit of it back the day I saw it.
Greenhouses, Harvest Moon Farm
© Robin Edmundson, ‘Greenhouses, Harvest Moon Farm’, watercolor, 9 x 12 inches. Framed to 12 x 15 inches. $280
Painted en plein air. Our local flower farm has beautiful greenhouses full of flowers waiting to be harvested for weddings, wreathes, and markets.
© Robin Edmundson, 'Beehives #2'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches. $375
I put my beehives in the middle of the berry patch. It keeps the bees flying up to get over the canes and that helps keep them from crashing into us as we're doing yard work over there.
© Robin Edmundson, ‘Verbascum’, watercolor, 7 x 5 inches. Framed to 10 x 8 inches. $125
The color of an Indiana summer is the color of chicory along all the roadsides.
© Robin Edmundson, 'Chicory 3', watercolor, 9x6 inches. Framed to 11x14 inches. $150.
Chicory decorates our roadsides from June to August. The blue rivals our skies.
SOLD Chicory 2
© Robin Edmundson, 'Chicory 2', watercolor, 5 x 7 inches. Framed 8 x 10 inches. SOLD
They say it's a noxious weed, but I love it anyway. When the summer roadsides in town turn blue with chicory, it's a sign that summer is in full sway.
SOLD Claire introduces Pepper to the new duckling
© Robin Edmundson, ‘Claire introduces Pepper to the new Duckling’, watercolor, 12 x 9 inches.
A portrait of the girl and her beasts. [Well, some of them, anyway.]
SOLD Lavender - 547
© Robin Edmundson, ‘Lavender - 547’, watercolor, 9 x 6 inches.
SOLD Chicory 1
© Robin Edmundson, 'Chicory 1', watercolor, 5 x 7 inches. Framed to 8 x 10 inches.
Even the most humble roadside wildflower stands a testament to all the beauty in the universe - if we only take the time to notice.
SOLD Echinacea & Clover
© Robin Edmundson, ‘Echinacea & Clover’, watercolor, 7 x 5 inches. Framed to 10 x 8 inches.
Our fields are full of treasures. Echinacea [Purple Coneflower] bloom with abandon in one area.
SOLD Ironweed & Gold
© Robin Edmundson, 'Ironweed & Gold', watercolor, 5 x 7 inches. Framed 8 x 10 inches.
Late summer ironweed shines against the gold of late summer grasses and black-eyed Susans. My favorite time of year.
SOLD Orange Silo, Purple Barn
© Robin Edmundson, 'Orange Silo, Purple Barn'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 10 inches. Framed, 14 x 14 inches. $250
Barrel roof barns were often used as dairy barns out here and are quite a contrast to the more typical square tobacco barns.
SOLD Coal City - Arney Rd.
© Robin Edmundson, 'Coal City - Arney Rd'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches. $375
The butterweed glows when the light hits it just right.
SOLD Thompson's Barn
© Robin Edmundson, 'Thompson's Barn'. Watercolor on paper. 18 x 24 inches.
This was done as a commission from a neighbor. They raise guineas. Such a beautiful place, high in the hills.
SOLD The Mailman always brings Treats
© Robin Edmundson, 'The mailman always brings treats'. Watercolor on paper. 18 x 24 inches. Framed, 26 x 33 inches SOLD
When our dog hears the mailman's truck coming, she runs to the mailbox. The mailman always brings treats.
SOLD Three Red Cows
© Robin Edmundson, 'Three red cows'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches. SOLD
We have lots of black cows out here, so when I see red ones, I get all excited. Limited palette piece.
SOLD Blue Shed
© Robin Edmundson, 'Blue Shed'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches. SOLD
There's a place not far from the Freedom Country Store on highway 231 that has a beautiful red barn. One of the outbuildings is blue. I love the warm/cool contrast.
SOLD Beck Chapel
© Robin Edmundson, 'Beck Chapel - Nov 2017 Commission', watercolor, 10 x 14 inches. SOLD
Beck Chapel, on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, Indiana. It's a lovely little place tucked under the trees and a popular place for weddings. This piece was commissioned to commemorate a wedding there.
SOLD Virginia Creeper - Race to the Top
© Robin Edmundson, 'Virginia creeper - race to the top'. Watercolor on paper. Framed. 11 x 14 inches.
Our woods are full of vines. Wild grape, multiflora roses, honeysuckle, trumpet vine, poison ivy and Virginia creeper. This creeper had sent up two runners and every day on my walk I checked to see which was winning.
SOLD Old Boat
© Robin Edmundson, 'Old boat'. Watercolor on paper. Framed. 11 x 14 inches. SOLD
We love our boats out here. My neighbor had a boat like this one set out by his garage. I never saw it in the water. So I imagined some water for it. It was much happier.