Down on the Farm

Drawing farmhouses invites detail. There is so much going on and, seemingly, a structure for each activity—from maple sugar shacks out in the woods in Vermont to huge dairy barns in New York State, from cattle ranches in Idaho to windblown, abandoned farmsteads in Nebraska. There are small family farms, citrus groves, tree farms, truck farms, and immense factory farms.

Try drawing the barns, silos, and sheds in a farmyard. Fences, corrals, and stone walls will add interesting diagonals and texture while defining the land shapes and inviting the viewer into the composition. You won't run out of structures to draw on a farm for some time.

Farm structures are as varied as the landscape. What choices will you make to compose your drawing?

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