The Harvester Original Mixed Media Painting

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The Harvester Original Mixed Media Painting

1,900.00

24x36 inches  |  ready to hang
acrylic, watercolor paper, kraft paper on stained birch panel

The Jobs of Yesteryear series combines history and surrealism to tell the stories of obsolete jobs. A contemporary glimpse into the past, these mixed media paintings serve as a reminder of time and stories long forgotten.

This particular Job of Yesteryear mixed media painting features a harvester. Before the advent of sophisticated farm machinery such as the combine and thresher, harvesting was the most labor-intensive activity of the growing season. The grain had to be reaped, shocked (bundled), dried in the sun and threshed (separating the grain from stalks and husks) manually by beating the grain or making livestock walk on it. Hand threshing was particularly laborius, with one-quarter of agricultural labor devoted to it before the invention of the threshing machine in 1786.

The Harvester was created using only three colors of acrylic paint, which gives the work a monochromatic theme of warm greys and creams. Overall, it has the feel of a tattered black and white photograph steeped in history. The long-limbed character was crafted using hundreds of hand-torn bits of kraft paper collaged on top of watercolor paper and painted with acrylic wash. This unique process brings the character to life and makes the forgotten job the focal point of the painting. The technology or innovation which ultimately led to the job becoming obsolete, a combine, is included in the painting. See an illustrated guide of my process here.

The Jobs of Yesteryear are thought-provoking conversation pieces that will bring an air of history and whimsy to any room.

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