Clouds over May Pasture
© Robin Edmundson, 'Clouds over May pasture'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 16 inches. Framed. 18 x 24 inches.
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 Watercolor Society of Indiana. The show exhibited for several weeks at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Late Summer Fields, Greene County
© Robin Edmundson, 'Late summer fields, Greene County'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches.
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.
© Robin Edmundson, 'Double trees'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches.
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.
Griffy Lake, May
© Robin Edmundson, 'Griffy Lake, May'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches.
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.
© Robin Edmundson, 'Robin's beehives'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches.
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, 'Beehives #2'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches.
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.
Beehive & Smoker
© Robin Edmundson, 'Beehive & smoker'. Watercolor on paper. 14 x 10 inches. Framed, 22 x 18 inches.
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.
Turquoise Barn, Haybales
© Robin Edmundson, 'Turquoise Barn, Haybales', watercolor, 18 x 24 inches. Framed 24 x 30 inches.
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
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.
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.
T C Steele Studio
© Robin Edmundson, 'T. C. Steele Studio'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches.
Not far from us is the historic seat of Hoosier Impressionist painter T C Steele, who founded the Brown County artists group and brought many other artists to this area in the early 20th century. The house, studio and grounds have been preserved and are being restored. It's a lovely place to sit and paint.
This piece took an Honorable Mention at the September Plein Aire event at the TC Steele State Historic Site.
Red barn, Cornfields
© Robin Edmundson, 'Red barn, cornfields'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches.
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.
Coal City - Arney Rd.
© Robin Edmundson, 'Coal City - Arney Rd'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches.
The butterweed glows when the light hits it just right.
Haybales, Blue Trees, Quail
© Robin Edmundson, 'Haybales, Blue Trees, Quail', watercolor, 10 x 14 inches. Framed, 18 x 22 inches.
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.
Five Silver Silos
© Robin Edmundson, 'Five Silver Silos'. Watercolor on paper, 18 x 24 inches. Framed 26 x 32 inches.
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.
Grassy Bales, Split Roof
© Robin Edmundson, 'Grassy Bales, Split Roof'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed to 18 x 22 inches.
This is my favorite little shed on Newark Rd. coming home. Eventually the one side will shift and the whole thing will come down, but in the meantime, the farmer stores the bales in neat rows. It's shaded and damp in the hollow there and the bales often sprout before they're used. Rural chia pets.
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.