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walt curlee
07-28-2012, 05:18 PM


Title: Baling the Hay Farm Landscape
Year Created:
Medium: Oil
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 16
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

A nostalgic look back to a simpler time. A farmer is baling hay for the livestock. The hay will be stored in ba<br>s to feed the animals during the winter. Cows grazing in the hilly meadows in the middleground and pastures, crops, trees and hills in the background. Created in 2012, oil on canvas, size is 16"x20".

Just want your Critiques, as I value your opinions, both pro and con.

07-28-2012, 07:45 PM
Very nice work, reminiscent of Thomas Hart Benton


07-28-2012, 09:36 PM
Oh Walt, once again I love your work and style. You always manage to tell a wonderful story in your paintings. No critique from me, I love all your work. Cheers =)) Debs

07-28-2012, 11:10 PM
Yes. As usual! Your paintings are delightful and this one makes me smile. I am only wondering why middle hay piles have such long shadows; everything else is easy on these eyes.

07-29-2012, 01:48 AM
You don't need any critiques.

walt curlee
07-29-2012, 03:38 PM
Thanks Andrew and Debs!

walt curlee
07-29-2012, 03:40 PM
Hi Sissal and thank you very much! The long shadows would be from a treeline in front of the hay.

walt curlee
07-29-2012, 03:41 PM
Well thanks, Wassie.

07-29-2012, 05:20 PM
Somewhere between Stanley Spencer and Beryl Cook. Perfect.

walt curlee
07-30-2012, 08:49 PM
Hi Sasha, I'm just not seeing it, lol.

07-31-2012, 01:04 AM
Roundedness, sharp edges, bright colours, clarity, ambitious composition, the real in a straightforward upfront way that would have been mere illustration in lesser hands. Working class people going about their everyday business, steeped, along with their landscape, in something divine.

Maybe I should have said that in the first place :)

Only two artists here have really made my jaw drop, and you are one of them. When I think of a tractor now, in my mind's eye it's that green tractor. When I think of a turkey, it's the one in your hills.

How you pull that off I don't know :/

07-31-2012, 12:20 PM
Another winner. Well done. Arnie

08-01-2012, 04:59 AM
Are we supposed to critique this? Love your work, and no crits.
Agree with Sasha's post - illustrative, but MORE than illustration.

08-01-2012, 10:54 AM
No critique. Just adding to the above comments. Beautiful.

walt curlee
08-01-2012, 07:31 PM
hi Sasha, I'm truely humbled by your kind praise!

Thanks Arnie

Thanks for your super comment Allison!

Thanks and I'm honored Phil!

08-01-2012, 08:55 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap:

08-02-2012, 08:29 AM
Walt, how long would it have taken you to do one of your paintings? There is so much in them!!! =)) Debs

walt curlee
08-02-2012, 05:45 PM
Thanks Lunchbox.

Hi Debs, my ppaintings take from 2 1/2 t0 three months. This one took 3.

08-02-2012, 06:50 PM
Wow!!! I can see how much work goes into them, I figured it would take a while! It is well worth the time spent when you get results like these! I love all your paintings, they are delightful and happy. =)) cheers! Debs

walt curlee
08-03-2012, 07:39 PM
Thank you very much Debs, Your comments are truely appreciated!

08-04-2012, 06:19 AM
Extraordinary perfection. Beyond criticism. So much happening and yet the calmness of the countryside. :clap: :clap:

08-05-2012, 11:33 AM
I LOVE this piece! The colors are great and the moment is evocative. I particularly like that the square bales in the background left follow the line of the hill. The only thing that keeps niggling at me is the lack of a nut or bushing or something to hold the back tractor tire on the tractor. It doesn't catch me in the top version, but the close up puts the rear axle in a prominent spot and my eye keeps being drawn to the axle and I find myself trying to figure out how the tire is staying on.

walt curlee
08-06-2012, 11:13 AM
Thank you very much Margaretta.

Hi K8K9SAR, thanks for your comments. The middle of the bar and hub is actually bolted to the hub and coveres up the bolts that hold the tire on.

08-10-2012, 09:00 AM
Walt--Thanks for the explanation! Now I can relax :) I just love this piece!

walt curlee
08-10-2012, 09:12 PM
Hi K8K9SARIt, takes me alot if research for every painting, it's all in the details for me!

08-11-2012, 01:07 AM
Bravo Walt, you certainly put great effort and research into your work, and I can see the detail is paramount! I wish they didn't take you so long, for selfish reasons, so that I can see more of your work more often!!! :D :clap: :thumbsup: Cheers =)) Debs.

walt curlee
08-11-2012, 08:39 AM
Wow, Thats a fantastic compliment Debs, Thanks!

08-15-2012, 04:24 AM
what a fantastic painting. i could only hope i get to commission a work from you one day. love it!!!!!!

walt curlee
08-15-2012, 05:10 PM
Thanks Craig, by the time I finish a painting, this one 3 months, I don't know if it's a winner or not. Have a nice day Craig.

08-15-2012, 09:53 PM
Walt.... so far, in all that I have seen, all your paintings are winners!!!! I have put so many of my works aside after I have done them, and forget them, because they are nothing special. All I have seen of yours are special! You are extremely talented and your style is very individual. Step aside some of the famous artists of the day, make room for Walt to come through! He's going straight to the top of the A list !!!! =)) Cheers. Debs.

walt curlee
08-16-2012, 03:14 PM
Thanks so much Debs! I'm slowly but surely trodding ahead. I will get there at some point because I never give! Have a nice day Debs.


08-16-2012, 03:18 PM
I actually thought "that is not a painting". In a good way. That's how awesome it is. Love it!!

08-17-2012, 03:21 AM
Walt, I hope that you do not mind that I downloaded the image of this piece and made it my new desktop wallpaper. My wife and I have had a dream, for a long time, of some day owning and operating a farm (even if it didn't make any money ... just for the joy of it), and this is the most representative image of what that farm would look like for us.

walt curlee
08-18-2012, 07:03 AM
Thanks TDCT, thanks for the nice comments!

Thevalliantx, I don't mind at all! Me and one of brothers used to raise a few cows and pigs. Used to get out of the pasture a lot and had to chase them down. Also, there is a reason why you want the processor to take care of a cow when it's time! The good old days, lol.