I recently was asked if I ever painted any landscapes from a bird’s eye perspective and this piece immediately came to mind. My records on it are sketchy but I believe it was a 6″ by 9″ image on paper painted sometime around 1996. It’s long been a favorite in my mind.
There’s something in the way the blue of the barn’s roof and the red of the silo stand out against the stripes of the fields that does something for me. I know that’s not very deep analysis but, hey, it’s early on a Sunday morning. Also, there’s something about this image that always brings to mind a song, the old gospel favorite I’ll Fly Away. Maybe that’s the connection here. The song is about a final release from the earthly bonds of life and this piece is definitely about a freedom, a release of some sort. Maybe not about the final departure but definitely about being freed and moving from one state to another.
I don’t know. But I do know that I like this version of I’ll Fly Away from Gillian Welch accompanied by her husband, David Rawlings. Enjoy and have a great Sunday, the last of this summer.