Monday, June 27, 2011

The Old Springhouse, 16x12, oil on board by Maryanne Jacobsen, paintings of old buildings, light and shadow, springhouse paintings

"The Old Springhouse", 16x12, oil on board

I have been so busy lately that I have found it hard to post regularly on my blog. I actually have quite a few new paintings that I have not had time to even post! Hopefully things are getting a bit calmer and I'll get back into a more regular routine soon!

This is a painting of an old springhouse that was up the road from my last house in Chester Springs, Pa. The building may be old but it has a tremendous amount of character, and with the dappled light cascading over it, I knew immediately that I wanted to paint it. I have painted a smaller study of it before, but this one I took my time on. Here's the smaller study that I did a while back:

In case you are not familiar with what a springhouse is, here's a definition from Wikipedia: A spring house, or springhouse, is a small building used for refrigeration once commonly found in rural areas before the advent of electric refrigeration. It is usually a one-room building constructed over the source of a spring. The water of the spring maintains a constant cool temperature inside the spring house throughout the year. In settings where no natural spring is available, another source of natural running water, such as a small creek or diverted portion of a larger creek, may be used. The main use of a spring house is for the long-term storage of food that would otherwise spoil, such as meat, fruit or dairy products.

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