I met Wynfield who is 93 years old when I stopped to ask if I could paint his barn located about a mile from our cottage. He said laconically, “Don’t believe my barn needs painting!” I explained that it was picture I wanted to paint. “Well, why didn’t you say so?” he shot back and with that I got a tour of the lofty structure.
The climb up the loft ladder to the window in the peak offered a magnificent view of Lake Michigan, about a half mile away. Great place for a sunset photo shoot now that I think of it.
That was two years ago that I set out to paint Wynfield’s barn. I started, stopped and started up again this past summer. I decided to paint the barn and field as a nocturne scene, hence the considerably darkened sky which I believe will serve as a good underlayment for the moonlight.
This is still a work in progress and I am hopeful that a well-thinned Naples Yellow oil paint velotura might capture that pale yellow moonlight softly radiating down over the landscape.