River Valley Ruins
When I was growing up, my sister who was several years older than me and married, was lucky enough to have a beautiful original painting by one of the 20th Century New England landscape painters. It might even have been by Eric Sloane, it was certainly in his style. There was a remnant of a rock wall in the foreground and maybe a barn in the far background in the corner, depicted on a gloomy day. The use of neutral colors was impressive, so atmospheric. I can't tell you how many hours I spent staring at that painting, trying to figure out the technique. At one point I boldly stated that I was close to being able to paint like that. My sister, recognizing my hubris came back with something like, "Well get going."
Working another photo taken at the Wildlife Refuge along the Minnesota River, this is my first attempt at a rock wall.