When we first moved to Connecticut, I became fascinated by the multitude of charming red barns scattered across the state. I understand the red barn craze abounds throughout all of New England. But why red? There are many theories: One simple theory is that the red barns made it easy for the cows to find their way home. Another theory claims that early American farmers began blending the traditional mixture of linseed oil, limestone, and milk with ferrous oxide, or rust. This abundant additive protected their barns from moss and fungi, while also turning the crude sealant a rich red color. The most gruesome theory claims that these farmers used the blood from a fresh slaughter rather than rust. Gross! I think I prefer the cow theory.
A few years ago, I painted this barn in the spring before the flowers had a chance to bloom. I always thought the painting lacked “life.” So in this painting, I “planted” my own flowers.
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