May 28, 2010
At the Farm
This is the view from the Roy farm, a few miles from my home. It is one of my favorite places to visit to hunt images for my paintings: because it's a large working dairy farm, there's always a lot of equipment parked, and it is in such a beautiful spot that it is a pleasure to walk around. In this area of Vermont, there are many farms such as this one, with rich fields on the tops of hills, providing grand views out towards a working landscape. I realize I must seem rather perverse, focusing on machinery rather than the expansive views; I began with landscape, but over time, with my developing interest in abstraction, I zoomed in on equipment. I have written about this change in a couple of posts: "At a Point in Time, Change" and "Contemporary Agriculture".
Cows are wonderfully curious creatures, giving you a sense as they follow you, that they are ready to communicate, somehow. At the Roy farm, the animals are kept in a free stall hoop barn, a modern, more economical, structure in the shape of a giant quonset hut.
Below are two of the fifteen or so images that I gleaned yesterday from the farm, very different from each other. Finding compositions is something similar to noticing small things in the woods or garden: opening the eye and mind.