Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Life in the Fields

Life in the Fields
JHC Country

18" x 24"
Oil on hardwood Panel
[click on the image to enlarge]

My dear mother will also celebrate a birthday of note a little later this year.  Since I'm her favorite child, I wanted to paint something from her childhood. [Really, the competition for that title is quite limited....]

This painting is  a painting of memories and family ties.

John Hartley Carlile [JHC- from the brand that I created a couple of years ago in his memory] and his perpetually cheerful wife Florence raised a family of four children in these homes.

The Carlile's were lots of fun to visit and as kids we always looked forward to seeing them. When I got a little older I was allowed to sleep in a very small upstairs bedroom. The bedroom was small, with sloping walls tucked into the attic,  and was reached by climbing up a steep and narrow stairway. It's small window looked out towards the Quaking Aspen on the left side.

This painting's theme  works around late summer in the farming fields. The palette is much warmer.

Liberty was taken with placing the various elements of the past into this painting. Especially creating a country lane with their first home on the same lane as their later home.

Hart Carlile did love the fields, the animals and the farming life.

The memories of them are warm and joyful. So sit back, relax, have a dish of homemade ice cream,  listen to a story or two and enjoy your visit.


  1. Great job dad! I love this little scene... it's so pretty! Your sky and clouds are perfect. It makes me smile to think of you as a little boy roaming around their house. Love ya, Allie

  2. Thank you. Lots of very good memories. In their limited travels they collected large rocks and put then put them into the shrub/flower beds in front of the house. So I put a few of those into the painting.
    I would like to sit there with them and enjoy some of Grandma's custard ice cream again.

  3. So beautiful! I love these little pieces of family history. What an idyllic place to grow up. Love you.