Years ago I complimented one of my professors on an amazingly vibrant figurative painting he’d propped up in the hallway. “Oh, I’m still working on it!” Professor Vogl replied. “Been adding to it for 20 years.” At the time I thought, “That’s longer than I’ve been alive!”, but now I understand. I began this painting when my youngest was still in pull-ups, but it never quite felt finished. Although this crumbling farmhouse felt so inviting and radiated such history when I walked around it, something just didn’t “pop” in my painting…
until I received an e-mail from my beloved National Gallery that Winslow Homer’s School Time had just been acquired www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/Collection/art-object-page.164929.html.
And there was the inspiration needed, a wonderfully soft and warm red. Eight years, and a few splashes of that Homer red later, done. I can’t wait to go see this one up close, and of course gaze at my favorite Hoppers, Homers, and Bellows while I’m there. If you would like a print of my Irvington Farmhouse, follow this link: http://fineartamerica.com/featured/irvington-farmhouse-anne-lewis.html?newartwork=true
And a shout-out to retired Notre Dame Professor of Art, Don Vogl–thanks, after all these years! Professor Vogl’s work can be found on his website: http://www.donvogl.com/