Haystack Fence

This plein air painting focuses on a bale of hay left to its own in a field under an oak tree. The faint etching of a fence line appears against the dark values of the greens dividing one field from the next. In the foreground of the painting, I mixed the paint on my palette to create a neutral color, slabbing it on the canvas thickly with a palette knife.

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Oil on Canvas


20 x 24


Kristen Hess
Meet Kristen Hess

Inspired by beautiful colors and light, Kristen’s artwork reflects the discoveries she makes in studying God’s creation. As a follower of Jesus, Kristen takes joy in internalizing and recreating the world around her. When Kristen is not painting, she may be cooking, enjoying life with her husband, playing any kind of games or sports, and daydreaming about traveling the world.