Sunday, March 25, 2007

Laughing Crow Farm, oil lanscape


I was out on Bainbridge Island getting reference photos and ran across this little place called Laughing Crow Farm. It is a cool area of Bainbridge where the folks who own sections of what used to be strawberry farms refuse to sell out to the developers. Even though they could get millions for the land ,they choose to live the simple life of farming. I met Gerald who owns the Bainbridge vineyards and winery who was nice enough to let this weird artist guy walk his fields , and Akio, still working in his eighties, who farmed strawberries on this land before the Japanese concentration camps in the U.S. Read "Snow Falling on Cedars" and you can get an idea of what it was like for the Japanese living in America before and after world war two. ( My apologies if I spelled names wrong)

10 comments:

Cara Dawn Romero said...

Wonderful painting - Cara

Jennifer McChristian said...

Thank you for that wonderful story! There's still hope for humanity then...

This painting has a post rain coolness going on. I like the arrangement of the elements in the painting and the way the angle of the shack roof leads the eye to the horse and back around again.

Robin Weiss said...

Thanks Cara! I appreciate your regular visits and warm comments.

Robin Weiss said...

You got it right Jennifer. It had been raining for several days, we got a short break and I went out to get stormy cloud pictures. I really enjoy talking to the people I meet on these excursions.
Thanks for your thoughtful comments. Your latest painting is remarkable,just stunning.

W. K. Moore said...

I agree .. great back story. Nice handling of the oils to capture the atmosphere of that part of the Northwest. I'm going for my sweater drawer now.

ron said...

I read SFonC and saw the movie. Painting has truck, painting good.

Robin Weiss said...

Thanks W. K.

Robin Weiss said...

Thanks Ron. Good book and movie

Anonymous said...

Hey, that's my farm! Nice painting! I recognize that horse, Samantha, that helps me plow and cultivate the fields. I think I met you out in the field one day with your son. Betsey of Laughing Crow Farm

Gerard Bentryn said...

Hi,
Gerard here from BI Vineyards. It is wonderful to see that people with art in their souls see art in the farm. All of us work here so we can live in beauty. In a painting so filled with gentle meaning we are strengthend, renewed, happy to share the wonder of this place.