64 of 120 Paintings – Tractor

It is spring here in Maryland and as we drive around our rural county, we see the fields being prepared for planting.  We see tractors like this one pulling a cultivating attachment and followed by a small cloud of dust.

Tractor, watercolor, 5" x 7"
Tractor, watercolor, 5″ x 7″

This tractor is owned by our marina landlord and has been sitting here for a couple of weeks, begging me to paint it.  I drew the sketch yesterday, but before I could get to painting, the sky clouded over and I got cold.  Today was sunny and warmer, so I got the painting part done.


120 Paintings

“It takes 120 bad paintings to know something about painting.”  –  Larry Seiler as quoted by Jeff Mahorney in his blog

Each painting is small in format and should be completed in about an hour or less.

My goals are to improve my technique, to paint faster, and to gain experience with a variety of subjects.

9 thoughts on “64 of 120 Paintings – Tractor

  1. Love it! What does this man grow in his dirt? Do you know how many acres he tills? I never thought of farming going on up there! Silly me! I thought the soil was too rocky and it was mostly cranberries . . . I should have known better! Is it a bit early for farming yet? Or is he just preparing for warmer days?
    It’s a beautiful painting. I always marvel at how small, and yet how accurate these exercises seem to be . . . I’d love to watch you work sometime.

    • The silly answer is that this is a marina so he must grow – – boats!

      Actually, George, the owner, is over 80 years old, and a retired psychiatrist. He has purchased several properties as investments, and at least one is a farm, although I think the land is leased to others for growing crops and his go-to handyman rents the house. Maryland used to be a big tobacco-growing state, but now we observe them growing corn, wheat, and soybeans. Many fields of wheat are full of silky leaves about a foot tall now. The corn fields are having last year’s stubble plowed under.

      George used this tractor to help dig a hole for planting a tree here, although the soil was so damp and full of clay that the dirt had to be extracted from the tractor’s shovel by hand, not very efficient! Several boaters lent a hand in the operation, as this is a small, family-run, and friendly marina!

      • You are funny!

        But what a many-faceted story behind that tractor! I can imagine the wheat fields, as some folks grow wheat around here, too, but it has not been planted yet. Yours must be winter wheat?

        Oh, we have had soil like you describe, at one place we lived. It was tough going. Had to scrape shovels, just as you said, because it would never rinse off with water, being too sticky. We found mixing wood crumbles in would soften it for tilling rather fast, or any organic matter, such as ground leaves. For digging deep, though, I’m not sure. Houses are bust built off the ground or if on a slab, then the soil should be replaced with sand to allow for shrinking and swelling.

        But why did I think you live in Maine?! That is amazing.

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