Haystacks, Transylvania, Romania

Pencil and Gouache 4"x3"

This value study is preparation for a larger oil painting that has been brewing up for a while. When Judy and I drove to Romania in the pickup in 2008, fields of haystacks were frequent in the first few miles of entering the country. I should have stopped then, because we didn’t see any again apart from this scene a week into our travels. Motoring in Romania is now a miserable and dangerous business. When I was there as a young man in the early 1970’s it was a closed Communist country. Me and my Triumph Herald virtually had the roads to ourselves apart from trucks, the odd “trabbie” and “Dacia”. The roads now are no better but the weight of traffic coming from the west is 1000x what it was. Mind you, even this pales into insignificance beside the road from Lagos to Ibadan. Another story…

My struggles with the camelias painting continue but I dare not post the current state of things. It may yet see the light of day, and I’m learning things.


~ by noelgarner on May 8, 2010.

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