9.000 x 9.000 inches
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Another Way Of Life
Painting - Watercolor
I have always been fond of the way of life that the Amish continue to carry on through so many generations. It is a simpler way of life and yet much more difficult than modern day farmers. The work is much harder when it is done by hand and without the convenience of today's technology and equipment.
This farm is in central Wisconsin where a number of Amish communities have sprung up over recent years. In fact, Wisconsin's Amish population is the fourth largest in North America.
Since it is frowned upon by the people to have their photos taken, I had to take one of the horses, barn and machinery alone and create the painting with the family in it from my memories of seeing them working in the fields, their beautiful gardens or their various shops and stores. The children begin helping with small tasks at a very early age and continue to contribute more as they grow. To see the little children all dressed in the same attire as the adults is so charming.
This Amish community is near the city of Portage, Wisconsin. The people have established themselves on many farms in the area and provide all the necessary needs for each other. They have built furniture shops, bakeries, general stores, cheese factories, quilt shops, and buggy shops where they produce the black buggies that are so familiar to us all. Their general stores and bakeries are always filled with neighboring people and visitors to the area. The Amish people are very friendly to everyone they meet or wait on in their shops and will always give a cheerful wave to you whenever you pass them on the road or drive past their front yard.
I hope to complete a series of these paintings on the Amish life, so check back periodically.
June 23rd, 2013
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