View Full Version : Still Another Old Barn

Jim Updegraff
02-25-2005, 12:15 AM
Here we go with another shot at a barn interior. I think I have the spaces pretty well blocked out but the figures are too big. Just as soon as a figure shows up there is a scale and these figures pretty well shoot the impression that you are looking at a vast, dingy, cavernous space right in the head.

Just ahead of the wagon, standing outside the door way, is Iowaís unofficial state traffic hazard Ė the John Deere tractor. The official traffic hazard is the whitetail deer. On a bad day you can collide with both.


02-25-2005, 05:03 AM
Look at that perspective! :cool: Must have taken awhile.

02-25-2005, 11:54 AM
They do raise these pointy butt guys pretty big out in Iowa, don't they. :evil:
Perspective and lighting are looking good at this point. I love having the horse in the stall. In the movies they always have a lot of harnesses and horse gear and buckets around. Is that true in real life?

Jim Updegraff
03-02-2005, 07:36 PM
You want horse gear and buckets? Here is horse gear and buckets. You will note that there is two red buckets and one blue bucket Ė that sounds like the paramedics quick and dirty test for brain injury, remember two red buckets and one blue bucket.

Still a long way from done but it is getting there.


03-04-2005, 07:25 PM
A good painting is like a good outfit...accessories make it or break it :angel:

...love the buckets, both the two red ones and the one blue one. OH - and the saddle too.

Jim Updegraff
03-06-2005, 11:08 PM
Here is where this thing stands at the close of daylight today. There is still a long way to go but I can see the end with a few more hours of work. A few more horses have been added to the tie stalls. The mini-landscape seen through the doors need a fair amount of attention.



03-07-2005, 12:08 AM
I like this painting, Jim :). Very busy and comfy...all at once. The eyes are not drawn to any one particular thing, but are free to roam and explore the barn---I like that. What medium/size is this, please?

Jim Updegraff
03-12-2005, 11:33 PM
This thing is close to done. A second saddle has been added to the plank on the right side. The saddle is a McClellan, the classic army saddle that was used by mounted soldiers from just before the Civil War until the army was dismounted during WWII. It was my fatherís saddle. He had been in an Ohio National Guard outfit in the 1920s and 30s and when it was dismounted the members were allowed to take their horse equipment home. I have replaced the saddle tree and the leather but otherwise it is Dadís saddle Ė that means that only the metal pieces are formerly the property of the State of Ohio.

Iíll stare at the painting for a few days. If I think it is truly finished Iíll post it some where. Other wise Iíll mess around with it some more.

Oil on cotton, 24' x 30'.


Jim Updegraff
03-26-2005, 11:21 PM
I think this is finished. I'll stare at it for a couple days and make up my mind. If anybody else has any thoughts I'd be happy to hear them.


03-28-2005, 11:14 AM
absolutely gorgeous! Being a long time horse owner, I love this. :clap: :clap:

03-29-2005, 10:02 AM
Hi Jim, :wave:
Your work is Stunning!
After seeing this WIP I looked into your other pieces that you have recently posted, Fantastic!
How long have you been painting?
You have a fresh clean nieve, but sofisticated feeling in your work.
Have you found a venue to sell your work? I saw on one of your other posts that you were trying to figure out where and how to sell your art.

I live very close to you, ( Rochester, Mn.) and I understand your frustration; it is not exactly the art mecca of the country: but I think that your work would sell very well out here if people could see it.
Have you heard of Wild Ducks Unlimited? They are located in Lake City, Mn.
They may be interested in repping your work, they look for a "local flavor" in the things that they sell.

Do you have a brochure put together yet? If so, you should send them one, they may me interested.

Good Luck,