Barrel Roof Barn #2
© Robin Edmundson, 'Barrel Roof Barn #2'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Matted to 16 x 20 inches. $295
A second version of an earlier piece. The goal here was to emphasize the beauty of all the rust on our old barns.
Winter Barn, Purple Shadows
© Robin Edmundson, ‘Winter Barn, Purple Shadows’, 10 x 14 inches. Framed to 18 x 22 inches. $375.
Some winter mornings are gentle and luminous. The snow and frost emit an ethereal light of their own, and time stands still.
Barn Near the Woods
© Robin Edmundson, 'Barn Near the Woods'. Watercolor on paper. 18 x 24 inches. Framed, 26 x 32 inches. $750.
It has been said that Indiana’s state religion is basketball. Farm kids for generations have shot hoops in the barn yard. It’s a rare barn out here that doesn’t have a hoop on it or nearby.
Midwinter Sky & Birds
©Robin Edmundson, ‘Midwinter Sky’, watercolor on paper, 18 x 24 inches. Framed to 26 x 32 inches. $750
Our winter palette is mostly umbers and ochres - until it snows, and for a few days it's hard to tell where the sky stops and the trees and fields begin. Then the trees shake off the snow and clouds and re-establish the boundaries.
There is a stark beauty in a winter day, with scraps of earth showing through the snow. On a day like this, there is quiet in the clutter of our woods and farms, with nothing to distract from the ebb and flow of winter birds moving from one field to the next.
© Robin Edmundson, 'Linton Barn'. Watercolor on paper. 18 x 24 inches. Framed, 26 x 32 inches. NFS
I love the combination of old and new, angles and curves, blue and gold, lines and spaces in this barn. We came across it one day in late winter while we were exploring the area around Goose Pond, south of Linton, Indiana.
This piece received a Merit Award in the ‘Good Ole Summertime’ Juried Member Exhibit of the Hoosier Salon New Harmony Gallery, 2018.
'Goose Pond, Ducks'
© Robin Edmundson, 'Goose Pond, Ducks'. Watercolor on paper. 9 x 12 inches. Framed to 12 x 15 inches. $280
My favorite part about February at Goose Pond is the number of birds gathering on the wetlands here. On this day, hundreds of ducks were coming and going in the pools just below this hill.
Winter Bean Field
© Robin Edmundson, ‘Winter Bean Field’, watercolor, 10 x 14 inches. Framed to 18 x 22 inches. $375.
On misty winter days, the colors of our fields turn purple and gold.
Geese Flying, January
© Robin Edmundson, 'Geese flying, January'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed. 18 x 22 inches. $375.
One day in January, as I was driving along the White River, I saw flocks of late snow geese moving further south toward Goose Pond to the large staging area there. Since the pond restoration, we've seen more and more of these large flocks.
© Robin Edmundson, 'Winter White’, watercolor, 10 x 14 inches. Framed to 18 x 22 inches. NFS
This farm is one of my favorite places in Greene County. It is old and the buildings are rarely used. The house is rented out. However, someone still takes care of the place. I often wonder who decided all the outbuilding should be white instead of the more common red or tobacco-barn-gray. And who put the cupolas and the lightening rods on all the barns? And this little shed up front with no windows - not a coop, not a smokehouse, what was it built for?
May 2017-March 2018: Part of the 2017 Hoosier Women Artists statehouse exhibit. This piece was in the Lt. Governor's offices.
May 2018 - July 2018: 'Hoosier Women Artists: Works selected to hang at the statehouse.' Exhibit at Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art.
Goose Pond, Rain Coming
© Robin Edmundson, 'Goose Pond, Rain Coming'. Watercolor on paper. 9 x 12 inches. Framed to 12 x 15 inches. $280
I've been practicing a lot of plein air work lately. I got lucky on this day when the rain started moving in turning the far trees blue. It was a gorgeous complement to the golds and reds in the fields.
© Robin Edmundson, 'White Roofs'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed. 18 x 22 inches, $375.
Many of the roofs out here are metal and in certain light, they shine white, no matter what color they are. One day the light was just right and for miles all I could see was farm after farm with brown fields and white roofs.
This piece hung at the Indianapolis Museum of Art from October to December 2017.
©Robin Edmundson, ‘Leonard’s Barn’, watercolor on paper, 10 x 14 inches. Framed to 18 x 22 inches. NFS
This beautiful old barn lived down the road from us. For decades it held the tobacco harvest. It was full of old necessaries - machine parts, glass jugs, spare lumber, tobacco poles. These old barns are full of magic.
Waiting for Spring
© Robin Edmundson, 'Waiting for spring'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed. 18 x 22 inches. $375
During the winter, the local farm buildings are all buttoned up waiting for spring. I was delighted one day to find this farm with the series of round tanks in front of a larger series of round silos - all lit up with the winter sun.
Winter Cornfield - Blue Barn
© Robin Edmundson, ‘Winter Cornfield - Blue Barn’ watercolor, 10 x 14 inches. Framed to 18 x 22 inches. $375.
Even in winter, there is a touch of green along the roads. The red tips of the willows mark the low spots where things never quite dry out. Our gray tobacco barns look blue under their rusty roofs. Winter is the time to enjoy the subtleties of our winter palette.
Just After the Storm
© Robin Edmundson, 'Just after the storm'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed. 18 x 22 inches. $375
On view at the Vault at Gallery Mortgage, Bloomington, IN until March 31, 2019.
Our weather is Mercurial...which is a nice way of saying it changes fast. We get some of the best light and shadows just after a storm moves through. Everything is clear and bright against those dark clouds.
Wayne Feeds Barn
© Robin Edmundson, 'Wayne Feeds Barn'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed. 18 x 22 inches. $375
This barn is at the edge of Coal City, Indiana in Owen County. The brick structure has weathered countless winters and the advertisement for Wayne Feeds is still clear.
Burning Old Bales - Clearing Fencerows
© Robin Edmundson, 'Burning old Bales, Clearing Fencerows'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed. 18 x 22 inches. $450.
Often hay bales are set in rows along the fence lines for easy pick up and transport to the cows. If they're not used, they start to compost and aren't good for feed. One day we came by a whole row of old bales smoldering away. A new owner was clearing the fence rows to combine fields. All that smoke was spectacular above the snow.
Cold Winter Bale
© Robin Edmundson, ‘Cold Winter Bale’, watercolor on paper, 10 x 14 inches. Framed to 18 x 22 inches. $375
Icy winter mornings are studies in blue and brown. Our snow shadows are very blue under a clear sky.
Light in the Barn
© Robin Edmundson, 'Light in the barn'. Watercolor. 10 x 14 inches. Matted to 16 x 20 inches. $295.
This barn sits on a hill in Owen County, Indiana. I love how all the lines of the trees, fields and hills converge on that lovely old tractor barn.
SOLD January Thaw
© Robin Edmundson, 'January Thaw'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed. 22 x 18 inches.
During the winter, last year’s little bluestem grass turns gold and stays that way until late the next spring. It’s a beautiful contrast for our annual winter thaw, when the hills fill up with fog and the air turns a soft blue.
SOLD First Light
© Robin Edmundson, ‘First Light’, watercolor, 14 x 10 inches. Framed to 22 x 18 inches.
Some winter mornings are clear and sharp. Shards of brilliant sunlight push back the purple shadows. There's that moment on a winter morning, when the sun finally breaks over the horizon and the twilight blues and purples coalesce into bright shadows on the snow.
SOLD Violet Silos
© Robin Edmundson, 'Violet Silos'. Watercolor on paper. 14 x 10 inches. Framed. 22 x 18 inches.
Believe it or not this started out as a quiet piece. I wanted to do another draft of 'Waiting For Spring' only using purple shadows instead of the blue. This piece did not want to be quiet. So I went with it. I love the result.
SOLD Evening Marsh
© Robin Edmundson, 'Evening marsh'. Watercolor on paper, 10 x 14 inches. SOLD
Some of the most beautiful clouds sail silently over on winter evenings. The remaining leaves on the trees echo the last bits of sunset on the clouds.
SOLD Late February, Blue Air
© Robin Edmundson, 'Late February, Blue air'. Watercolor on paper. 10 x 14 inches. Framed. 18 x 22 inches. SOLD
Once the weather warms up late winter, the air can be very humid and all that water vapor turns the air blue - especially at a distance. It contrasts beautifully with last year's golden grass and the rust on the old barns.