1 Pond + 4 Acres
New Oil Paintings by Dan Bartges
March 1 - March 30, 2018
Opening Reception | Thursday, March 1st 5:30-8pm
Gallery Flux Art Talk | Sunday, March 4th 1-2:30pm

1 Pond _ 4 Acres

1 Pond  + 4 Acres = 1 Year of Paintings by Dan Bartges

Created over the course of 12 months, these two dozen landscapes depict various views from just 4 acres of farmland near Ashland.  The small plot seemed downright unremarkable at first, yet the longer I stood at the easel in all kinds of weather, the more I noticed the land's ever-changing character.

 
After the first painting, I went searching for the landowner for permission to continue my work on his farm, and I struck a bargain with him:  In return for his not bush hogging around the cow pond for a year, I gave him a painting.
 
If I learned anything during the year, it was about the tremendous natural changes that happen all around us every hour of every day but usually go unnoticed.  The eye and mind take in so much when we take the time to just stand still in one place and patiently observe.

The experience reminds me of what da Vinci once said about staring into a fire or at a stain on a wall -- that when given the chance, the mind will imagine all kinds of possibilities.
Barn and Silo Barn and Silo
Oil on Canvas
8 x 10 inches
$350  
Dog Walk on West Campus_ RMC Dog Walk on West Campus, RMC
Oil
16 x 20 inches
$1,195  
James River at Tredegar James River at Tredegar
Oil
12 x 24 inches
$995  
Farm Near Town Farm Near Town
Oil
8 x 10 inches
$350  
Red-Winged Blackbird on Willow Red-Winged Blackbird on Willow
Oil
16 x 12 inches
$750  
Turtle Among Lily Pads Turtle Among Lily Pads
Oil
18 x 24 inches
$1,625  
Lily Pond_ Early Morning Lily Pond, Early Morning
Oil
16 x 20 inches
$1,195  
Chasing Frogs Chasing Frogs
Oil
16 x 20 inches
$1,195  
Yellow Pond Lillies Yellow Pond Lillies
Oil
18 x 24 inches
$1,625  
Three Ducks Three Ducks
Oil
9 x 12 inches
$425  
Pond on Cloudy Day Pond on Cloudy Day
Oil
8 x 10 inches
$350  
Harvesting Soybeans Harvesting Soybeans
Oil
11 x 14 inches
$595  
Marina on Aquia Creek Marina on Aquia Creek
Oil
11 x 14 inches
$595  
Tending the Orchard Tending the Orchard
Oil
18 x 24 inches
$1,625  
Summer Wildflowers Summer Wildflowers
Oil
11 x 14 inches
$595  
Riding Academy at Daybreak Riding Academy at Daybreak
Oil
16 x 20 inches
$1,195  
Patio in Summer Patio in Summer
Oil
16 x 20 inches
$1,195  
Clearing for Farmland Clearing for Farmland
Oil
11 x 14 inches
$595  
Marina_ Elizabeth City Marina, Elizabeth City
Oil
11 x 14 inches
$595  
Pond at Dusk Pond at Dusk
Oil
11 x 14 inches
$595  
Pond at Sunrise Pond at Sunrise
Oil
8 x 10 inches
$350  
Caretaker_s Cottage Caretaker's Cottage
Oil
8 x 10 inches
$350  
Marina in Winter Marina in Winter
Oil
11 x 14 inches
$595  
Fallow Field Fallow Field
Oil
11 x 14 inches
$595  
Stoking Frost Fires Stoking Frost Fires
Oil
16 x 20 inches
$1,195  
Milkweed with Swallowtail Milkweed with Swallowtail
Oil
18 x 24 inches
$1,625  
Line of Cows Line of Cows
Oil
8 x 10 inches
$350  
Farmer_s Pond Farmer's Pond
Oil
8 x 10 inches
$350  
Clouds at Sunrise Clouds at Sunrise
Oil
11 x 14 inches
$595  
Clouds at Sunset Clouds at Sunset
Oil
11 x 14 inches
$595  
Field of Purple Henbit Field of Purple Henbit
Oil
11 x 14 inches
$595  
Seven Daredevils Seven Daredevils
Oil
18 x 24 inches
SOLD
 
Cow in Snow Cow in Snow
Oil
18 x 24 inches
$1,625  
Farm in Winter Farm in Winter
Oil on Canvas
11 x 14 inches
$575  
Cows at Dawn Cows at Dawn
Oil
8 x 10 inches
$350  
Early Morning on Yowell Rd. Early Morning on Yowell Rd.
Oil on Canvas
11 x 14 inches
$595  
Cows and Clouds Cows and Clouds
Oil
16 x 20 inches
$1,195