Thursday, November 12, 2009
We have 17 covered bridges in nearby Ashtabula County, and this one in Windsor, Ohio rates among the favorites. While painting it, I heard several Amish buggies cross it, the clop, clop of the horses resonated in a low tone as they navigated the long span.
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 10:05 AM
Thursday, October 29, 2009
This old McCormack-Deering sits in a nearby woods, slowly dissolving with rust. It had metal wheels, which didn't work too well when they froze to the ground; when a farmer dumped the clutch, they had a tendency to invert , killing or crippling the poor guy.
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 4:51 PM
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
This is the site of a Revolutionary War veterans grave, along with the early settlers of Lake County, Ohio. A stone marker from the Veterans Administration accompanies the old soldier's resting place, sitting on a small hill overlooking a former watermill complex at Paine Falls. Our forefathers got the pick of the prettiest places around here for their burying grounds.
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 9:33 AM
The towpath from Ohio's canal system winds through The Cuyahoga Valley National Park, offering beautiful views to the thousands of bicyclists and hikers that follow it daily. These 19th century sheds are near the visitors center in Boston Mills.
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 9:23 AM
This trail through the dunes of Mentor Headlands State Park take you to the breakwall where you can step over the large stone blocks to reach the Grand River light. The sand has built up so much over the years that the beach nearly reaches the light on the west side of the wall. When I first went out there in the 50's, the wall was bordered by water for about a half-mile.
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 9:14 AM
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
When Ohio was largely an agrarian society, much pride was associated with the appearances of buildings, tools, and equipment. I often see barn windows, ornate cupolas, and relics from the past that are decorated in a manner we would never consider today. Today is quick, cheap, and ugly.
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 7:29 AM
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I've never painted a scene from my property before, so I waited until I had some clouds to work with, and hhere it is. I produced hundreds of custom-carved signs in the building shown, but now it serves as an art studio when the outdoor one is closed due to inclement weather.
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 6:48 PM
I stayed at this quaint old hotel in Lakeside, Ohio while attending a Plein Air paint-out a few days ago. It dates from the late 19th century, and features 12 foot ceilings, elaborate wood banisters; charm that is not possible to find in a Ramada Inn.
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 4:50 PM
My father, Steven Polewchak, began the first grade at this one-room schoolhouse in 1920. He, along with his sister Katheryne, could not speak a word of English; Ukrainian was used at my grandfather's home. They learned in a hurry- no special treatment in those days.
The school in now part of Lake Metroparks, housing a nature education center.
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 4:42 PM
This M-48 Tank of Vietnam-era vintage was donated by the government for monument use by the Madison American Legion. The engine and weapons system have been removed, eliminating any chance for future "joyriders", which has happened in other parts of the U.S.
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 4:33 PM
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Hacker Martin, a legendary gunsmith and miller of eastern Tennessee, kept the art of building Pennsylvania longrifles alive well into the 20th century at his gunshop and mill. It was moved to The Museum of Appalachia a few years ago for preservation and safekeeping: an incredible collection of original log buildings and artifacts located just north of Knoxville.
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 7:32 PM
I found these old tractors just down the road at an old barn I'd wanted to paint for some time. When I asked the elderly lady that lived there if I could paint her barn, I got the reply- "I got someone to do it last fall and they charged me way too much". When I explained that I wanted to paint it on canvas, she was relieved that I wasn't there to cheat her .
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 7:06 PM
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Much sandstone was quarried here long ago when Cleveland was changing from a frontier town into a major mid-western city, as it was a major source of stone blocks. The cliffs and ledges are steep and dangerous, as nearly every year some careless park visitor manages to fall the 100 + feet to the bottom, discovering the harsh effect of gravity on the human body.
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 5:13 PM
This horse barn has a distinctive cupola that reminds me of Churchill Downs. My father worked there as a stable boy in the early 1920s. It was built in an era where the craftsmanship in barnbuilding was at it's height in Ohio. It is the nicest horse barn I've ever seen.
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 5:04 PM
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 8:19 AM
Labels: Lots of interesting angles to paint this farm by. The Victorian cupola is a work of art in itself.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
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Labels: English miners built this town in the late 18th century to match the ones from Great Britain.
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 3:30 PM
Labels: Rural Maryland is a treasure trove of subjects to paint. This abandoned house had character.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 11:45 AM
Labels: This old hay rake sits at the low end of a pasture, worn out from years of service. I stood in swamp water for 3 hours to paint it.
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 11:34 AM
Labels: This farm has been in the Mosely family for many generations. The cupola is a work of art in itself.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 5:34 PM