This weather worn barn was the old Holcomb barn near Yreka, California. It no longer exists, but it lives on as memories, photos, and paintings such as this one. I’ve done a series of paintings of this old barn. I like the compositions it has, as well as its subtle colors of gray, blue, and brown. It is an artist’s treasure trove.
The horse resources came from my sister-in-law’s horse. I contrasted the liveliness of the horse with its rich color, shape, and personality against the decaying angular shapes of the barn. The horse is just ready to round the corner of the barn and head out to pasture. I placed the horse in the perfect spot to create some tension in the composition-to get the viewer to ponder what’s beyond the corner.