More Summer Fun...4th of July Trip

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Had a lovely visit with my brother, his wife and their adorable dog, Edgar in the Cascades over the 4th of July. Lots of good food, kayaking, rafting, biking, walks and rock collecting (I got stopped in Security at the airport for my suspect bag of rocks!).

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Edgar!
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Rafts

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A narrative memorial pet portrait of their much loved dog, Willie.
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Edgar!

2013 Fields Project Part 2: Walks, Drives and Inspiring Views

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Photos from my glorious morning walks…
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These farm vehicles reminded me of giant space age insects…
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Looking 'into' the corn…
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The corn's view…
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Painting site #1 Nordman Farm:
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The Nordman Farm: this was one of the plein air painting sites scheduled for the week, and the only one that I made it to. This barn is gorgeous, they had cattle and cats, everywhere! Ironically, I have no photos of the cats. 
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These guys were 'show' cattle…Their heads are tied up for 4 hours a day to enhance their posture during competition. The young girl that took me around assured me that this was a common practice and not harmful to them, and of course I still wonder. 
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Let me introduce you to Beckett…another show steer. He and his ebony cohort, Waldo were housed in an air conditioned section of the stable so their coats would grow fuller. They were the fluffliest looking cows I had ever seen, check out the tufts of extra hair growing around his ears.
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Roadside vistas I captured driving through Ogle County…
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This fabulous view reminded me of an Andrew Wyeth painting…it was even better in person with the wind blowing through that field.
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Even rainy days made for some exquisite photo opportunities!

The
Full Fields Project 2013 Blog Series:

Part 1: Bocker Farm/Barnacopia

Part 2: Walks/Drives/Sights

Part 3: Elevator/Horse Ride/Sprayer

Part 4: Process

Part 5: Shoot Out

Part 6: Cathi’s Well

Part 7: Art Fair

2013 Fields Project Part 1: Bocker Farm / Barnacopia!

I just returned from my 6th trip to the Fields Project artist residency. I first participated in 2003. Eleven artists participated this year, staying with 10 host families.
Every year proves to be a unique and wondrous experience. I will split my
visit into blog posts over the next week or two. I took a gazillion photos, which means I have a handful of good ones to share with you!
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My week wouldn’t have been nearly as entertaining without the lovely people in this photo! My fabulous hosts: the Bockers, Gary (front seat passenger) and Judy (next to me in the back). And Cathi Schwalbe, a dear friend and fellow artist (we each had a room in the silo and pretty quickly dubbed ourselves the ‘Silo Sisters’!) Lots of laughs from day one…Gary and Judy were so very gracious and acommodating, sharing their new creation “Barnacopia” with us.1013887_10151665401272002_1373146224_n
It gets windy in the backseat of a convertible!
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“Barnacopia” Judy and Gary imagined and built this extremely impressive museum over the last year. It houses a plethora of farming
history including Gary’s collection of farm equipment and vintage cars, and much more. There will be a grand opening in a few months when it is complete. See the cupola? There is a John Deere Tractor hanging/rotating up there!

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This is where I slept all week! My room was on the 2nd floor of this 4 story Silo.
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Bocker Farm as seen from Route 64…I refer to it a “Oz”
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One of my sketching vistas on Father’s Day between their giant corn bins.
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The view overhead.
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We even snuck a pedicure in during the week, me = green toes to match the fields!

 

The
Full Fields Project 2013 Blog Series:

Part 1: Bocker Farm/Barnacopia

Part 2: Walks/Drives/Sights

Part 3: Elevator/Horse Ride/Sprayer

Part 4: Process

Part 5: Shoot Out

Part 6: Cathi’s Well

Part 7: Art Fair