psalm 164, painting #9
Days Paintings of Christmas
This is an original oil painting “psalm 164, Autumn Herd”. I came across this herd of cows lounging beneath the brilliant canopy of autumn maple trees across a meadow. These walls were built 200 years ago using oxen and stoneboats. They were a way to use all of the stone left in the soil after the glaciers retreated. All of Vermont was agricultural in the past so there are thousands of miles of walls across the landscape. If you dig or plow the soil here you can’t help but unearth field stone. The easiest thing for the farmers to do was build walls with all the stone both to delineate property lines and fields and keep in animals.
These walls lend a sense of time and history to the landscape. The anthropomorphic quality of the trees growing out of the tumbling wall was interesting.
#2111101 “psalm 164, Autumn Herd” 16″x12″, oil on panel
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