I had a three wee show at the La Pointe Center in August which was very successful! The name of the show was "Farm Americana", featuring oil and acrylic paintings in sepia, black and white, and color. The paintings were inspired by spending the last several winters on a farm in Iowa, as well as my Mother's childhood on a farm.
I decided I wanted to focus on the land, the people, and what they did with their time other than tending to animals and crops. How did those ladies find the time to crochet, bake pies, and sew clothing for the whole family?
The show was done in a traditional realistic style, which I have not revisited in years, but even then I had to have a plot twist. All of the paintings have a border around them, like photographs, and the "piece de resistance" was somewhat of a self portrait. I dressed in Doc's grandmother's 1930s house dress and apron, and posed hanging his mothers baby dresses on the clothesline, in the afternoon sun, my shadow stretching out on the grass. I painted it in sepia acrylic on a piece of flannel quilt backing. All of these things--the clothes and the flannel, were found in trunks in the attic of this farm. To display it, I hung it across a corner on a dowel, held up by clothespins. It was the first piece that sold at the opening.