Sunday, February 24, 2013

Rural Farm Art

 I saw a poster at my library a few weeks ago and marked the date on my busy calender.

This kind of art show is the stuff I am very interested in so I did not want to miss it like I have missed several other local art shows with agricultural subjects.

 I rushed through my Saturday errands so I would get to the library on time.

Better yet, as a true Virgo, I got there an hour early and had the entire place to myself.

Many of the barns, cattle and homes looked very familiar.  Some of the art was labeled with location, some were not.

I circled the exhibit 4 times and by the third time through I recognized several of the barns and most of the cattle as I had also taken photos of the very same ones in the past.

Ironically, 45 minutes previously to walking through the library doors, I had been sitting on the side of the road for 20 minutes taking photos of one of the barns featured in this very show !

The first watercolor I saw when I walked to the exhibit was a barnyard of colorful cattle co-mingling around a hay ring.

Click on the photos to enlarge and enjoy them.

Then I laid eyes on this wonderful painting of Herefords at the feeder.  No price tag. No location.
  I kept coming back to this one.

This is one of the 200 year old barns I have photographed in the area too.

Her drawing makes it look so much better.

 Old farm houses with connecting barns are my absolute favorite.

Scottish Highlands.  I had just driven by the herd up the road.  I recognized the cream colored one.

Lights from the ceiling messed up a few of the photos, but you get the idea.

The cow and barn paintings were everywhere in the library.
The artist painted on different materials: canvas, wood, plywood, barn beams, etc

Red Angus


 Barns and old farm houses.

Scottish Highlands


More barns. One I have taken photos of and the other 3 that I want to find!!
One is an English barn with a turret!

Irish Dexters

I didn't recognize this barn until a friend blurted out whose barn it was.   I take dozens of photos of this particular barn in all kinds of weather and I still did not recognize it from this particular angle.
In my photos of this barn, taken from the side, there is usually a mule in it..

This farm has 4 palomino horses to the far right that didn't make it into the painting....but they made it into my photographs.


I have to go find this herd.  Carefully.

I have dozens of additional photographs of this fabulous art exhibit, but I don't want to spoil it for those of you who are willing to drive over to see it.

On my way out I went for one last time to look at the two I would purchase if I had the extra cash.

I certainly have the wall space!

Cows are like jelly beans, you can never have enough.

I hope you have enjoyed the art of Katherine Johnson.

The art show is at the library until March 16th.

2/27/13 Note:  I just found out that Katherine is in her 70's and does not have a website displaying all her wonderful art.


  1. Ever since I was a little girl I always drew this red barn and I loved to draw it... it was something I had in my head and it was just too fun to draw!

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  2. Hi Janis, Thank you for thinking of me, all is well here at Dog Trot Farm. What an interesting art exhibition, I enjoyed viewing the painitngs from this talented artist. Did you purchase a painting? I think I would have a tough time choosing just one. I love old barns in any shape or size. Are you receiving snow there in Vermont? It continues to fall here in my neck of the woods. Hope all is well, greetings, Julie.

  3. Wow, such a beautiful display! I love how a barn or scene can look so different from a different angle. Thanks for sharing these!

  4. Oh this would have been something I would have loved to see. I am with you the Herefords one drew me in. The artist probably had no intention to sell it I know if I put in all that work I would be quite attached to it.
    You have great taste. Love the quote. B

  5. I love the exhibit!
    How fun!!!!
    thanks for sharing.

  6. Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing them.

  7. What fun! That is my kind of art exhibit too! :)

  8. Oh I love the one of the Scottish highly do, I find them so pretty and majestic.

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