Monday, August 13, 2012

Drying the Tobacco

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Just back from a week of great painting up in Port Clyde, Maine, along with my good painting friends Kim Ruggiero and Bob Schweizer.  I'll post work from Maine soon.

Today, I painted right here in South Glastonbury, where they're harvesting this year's tobacco crop (the kind that's used for cigar wrappers).  After it's picked, they hang it in the barns upside down to dry it out.

This morning, there was a full house in this particular barn -- Mr. Horton's '45 Chevy along with an old tractor.  I particularly like the variety of colors in the tobacco, ranging from yellow and green to burnt sienna and deep blue shadows.  Worked super fast on this 12x24 to grab the early light before it changed.