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June 18, 2012

The Hess Farm, 8×10, Gouache

After we left Mount Vernon, Ohio, we stopped for a couple of days in Washington, Pennsylvania  I decided to make use of the reference photos taken on a recent side trip to Virginia, and did these two paintings.  The Hess Farm is probably the first of a series of paintings and sketches that will come out of the time I spent roaming the farm with my camera.

First Home, 8×10, Gouache

One of the purposes of the trip to Virginia was to find old the homes of Nell’s parents and grandparents.  First Home is a portrayal of one of those homes.  Hopefully, I’ll get the chance to do more paintings and sketches of this over one hundred year old structure.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 18, 2012 1:40 pm

    Both brilliant paintings Ralph. Well done and all the best.

  2. June 23, 2012 3:08 pm

    These are beautiful Ralph, I hope you have success setting up and selling at your art fair:)

  3. June 24, 2012 4:41 pm

    These two paintings are so realistic; they almost look like photos! Great color depth, and intensity, yet with delicacy of reality! You’re doing very good work (in my humble opinion) If y’all ever come through this way again, please stop by! I miss seeing your “not quite finished work”, as you were “in the process” of painting a picture. You & Nell were good neighbors.
    Take care of yourselves, and enjoy your adventure!
    Margaret & Bob Quin

  4. June 28, 2012 11:26 am

    Love your painting style! I’ve been thinking of playing with gouache for a while now, currently I mainly stick with pencil, pens, and watercolor, but I really need to give these a try.


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