This is a view of wheat fields near Ririe, Idaho. I go past here quite often, but I never noticed the silo before. At least it never really registered. This particular morning the sun must have been just right as it really caught my attention. I just had to paint it. Another example of how my painting has changed how I see the world.
This painting is a combination of all the rural mailboxes I see while driving around the country. I am always taken in by them and have painted them in all sizes, shapes and colors. I really liked this perspective where they are all lined up like they are protecting the country behind them. Hence the title “Mailbox Soliders”. They truely are a part of our past and current culture. It is fun to imagine all the news that passes through them. However, they are probably going to fade into history as they are replaced with technology.
This painting is all about contrast. The contrast of the snowflakes, the snow and the street lights against the dark building are the value contrasts. The overall painting represents the contrast between the quiet night scene with no cars or people and what one can imagine it might be during the day time.