Thursday, November 8, 2012


Barnscape by Roberta Warshaw
Barnscape, a photo by Roberta Warshaw on Flickr.

Many years ago, I lived in a very rural area.

It was quite beautiful but it was a very lonely place for me to live. I had a job I hated. I sold ads for the local bi weekly newspaper. I was never very good at it, after all I am not a saleswoman at all. I find cold calls to be quite fear inducing.

Anyway, my job involved driving from small town to small town trying to sell ads to locally owned businesses. Getting from one town to another took me through some of the most beautiful farm country I had ever seen.

I always had my sketchbook with me and often I would stop on the side of the road and draw the farms. Then I would paint them in watercolor or gouache when I returned home.

I live in the city now and those years are but a fading memory to me. But I will always be able to see the countryside in my minds eye. This collage is from my fading memories of upstate New York.


Ginger Davis Allman (The Blue Bottle Tree) said...

Upstate New York is stunningly beautiful, so very different from my oftentimes dreary rural Ozarks. I know what you mean about having a lonely time in your life. I had one like that in Nebraska years ago. Same thing. But you obviously internalized the rural beauty. This piece has such great movement. A different color palette than you've been working with lately, too. I'm amazed at how you can keep turning out such good work day after day. Like the Energizer Bunny!

Anonymous said...

I really like this!

Roberta Warshaw said...

Thanks so much Ginger!

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Candace said...

I'm really liking your collages lately that I've seen on Flickr. This one is lovely.