Monday, October 17, 2011

Pond and Barn Featured In Etsy Treasuries by Etsy Members

My Fall White Barn and Pond really shine in  two treasuries on Etsy by Art Walk Etsy Team Members. I'm very grateful that they found it beautiful. The painting is  based on a little farm I have frequently passed over the years when traveling to visit my family in The north Shenandoah Valley.

Barn and Pond  Country Fall Landscape
4 by 6 inches Watercolor
by LindaLMartinArtist
$35.00 for sale on Etsy:
Buy it here:

The beautiful horse barns at Ashby farm  located between Markam and Deleplane in Fauquier County, Virginia have always fascinated me. They are tucked in next to a small mountain with traditional working horse barns that are easily seen from  interstate 55.
Asby Farm today as a Winery
I suppose in my mind I have reveled at the beauty of this farm ad thought to myself what a beautiful place to have horses and grow food. The house is more like those traditional houses that started out as a log cabin but as time when on substantial add-ons let to a more elegant sprawling home. Not a plantation house but something more worthy of a successful working farm with flowering fruit trees that bordered its drive to the main house. They are so beautiful in spring white the rest of the property is spattered with dog wood, redbud and variations of  lime and yellow-greens of the newly budded trees and undergrowth.  Gosh I sound like a real-estate sales person.   But alas its only the esthetic beauty of the place that drives my fascination to photograph it and paint it in one of my “photography drive by shootings”.
Coming Home Treasury
Compiled and Curatored by Artist
JC Strong is known for her bright color pallete in watercolor and Acrylics.
You can see details of the fine Art work on Etsy here:

What exactly is a Photographic drive by shooting? Well it involves a camera, a car, vigilance and a certain amount of discretion, because you don’t want to invade privacy.  The pint of a photographic drive by shooting is to capture a vignette that can later be used in a painting especially when you really don’t know the people or even how to contact them, yet that beautiful section of dramatic and peaceful scenery is really an important part of your life.  A place like this becomes a part of your life because everyday you travel by it for years at a time either as  a commuter or on your frequent travel home trips when you work in one locations but have family some miles away in another location. 

You sorrow when its seems less prosperous.  You revel in renovations and successes and imagine what the exterior only hints at. And even though you know you probably won’t eventually have some intimate knowledge of what is inside, the possibility always exists that you will.
Autumn Treasury by BozenaWojtaszek.
Bozena is an extremely creative Fabric Artist From Poland. She says, that when she saw my painting with the beautiful reflective pond, that it inspired her to put together this wonderful collection by Etsy Artisans of autumn greens.
She did a wonderful job.
You can see details of her collection here:
This particular farm has been a part of my life for over 30 years. I have seen it through its active days as a breeding and training horse farm,  its days of dereliction as the economy turned against large working farms, its subsequent listing and sale and its current make over as a fast growing stop on the Virginia Vineyard trail. This infant winery is Ashby House Farm Vineyard?? Ok it has Ashby in its name  some where.. because, well, the Civil War Hero  Col. John Ashby really got around. And I think this might have either been  a “where he slept “ sort of thing or he and his family actually owned it at some point.

Truth is its historic mystic is not nearly as important to me as my own experience day dreaming about its aesthetic potentials. =0)


Bozena Wojtaszek said...

Great post! It's really interesting to read about the background of your beautiful piece. And the piece took my atention because it has such a nice, sunny and cheerful feeling. I used it as an "organizer" for the whole treasury, it was my starting point. Glad you liked it :)
And thanks for mentioning me and my treasury here!

LLMartin said...

Bozena, You are indeed welcome. I was very pleased to find that the little painting inspired you. I love that my work has that affect on people. Its rare that I hear about it when it does inspire. And I was astonished at your work You are very good at what you do. It is a pleasure to be in such company. =0)

jcsvisuals said...

Super! Linda your Barn and Pond Landscape has a warmth and spirit that can't be missed. It's a perfect fit in the treasury "Coming Home." Thank you for sharing these treasuries and also discussing my work... It's fun to be in such wonderful company.

Lorri D said...

I LOVE your barn and pond painting. It evokes a feeling of the simple life.

LLMartin said...

Thank you, Bozena. I am so happy you like these. :)

LLMartin said...

Thank you so much Lorri D, I am so happy you are enjoying these. I do indeed try to paint the simple peaceful life. I love the country so much. :)