2013 Fields Project Part 6: Cathi's Well

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On the 2nd to last day of the Fields Project, resident artist Cathi Shwalbe orchestrated a water event at a public well located outside Ashton, IL at Gurler Road and Schnell. These
photos document her fourth gesture related to water. Her
handmade cups and this public well brought out many folks from the community througout the day. It was a beautiful thing and the water so fresh and cold and and lovely in her earthenware cups.


From Cathi: “Water should be free and clean = that is my the foundation. I was told about this well last year during The Fields Project by Aneda Ebert
and knew what I would be doing during the 8th annual (for me) Fields
Project experience.”

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Anne, Cathi, fellow artist Carol Luc and Farm Hostess with the Mostest, Aneda Ebert!

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These additional photos show the sky at the time I arrived to help Cathi set up at the well: Roll Clouds. I’m sure I’ve mentioned how much I love weather and storms and clouds. These were extraorinary…but it wasn’t good timing for Cathi’s event, luckily we were spared. Not even a drop of rain fell. The folks at either ends of this front were not so lucky. There had been pretty torrential rains the night before as well..as can be seen below. Farmers were out all morning anxiously checking the fields.

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Aneda and Carol arrived fashionably early in the storm armoured John Deere!

The
Full Fields Project 2013 Blog Series:

Part 1: Bocker Farm/Barnacopia

Part 2: Walks/Drives/Sights

Part 3: Elevator/Horse Ride/Sprayer

Part 4: Process

Part 5: Shoot Out

Part 6: Cathi’s Well

Part 7: Art Fair

2013 Fields Project Part 5: Shoot out!


 A few days before we departed for the Fields Project, fellow artist and good friend, Cathi Schwalbe posted this photo on Facebook with the caption: Anne & Cathi head for the country.

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We decided we needed to re-create the photo in this modern day setting, as the ‘Silo Sisters’ (you might recall from my earlier post – we each had a guest room for the week sleeping in the silo (behind us). We enlisted the help of fellow resident artist Barbara Diener and her vintage 4×5 camera. We have not seen her rendition yet, these are candid shots taken by our ‘farm dad’ Gary Bocker. He outfitted us with his pistol and shot guns and yep, we all took a turn with the 12 guage!

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Barbara Diener
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Cathi sporting the ruby red shell casings on her fingers with our esteemed photographer, Gary!
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I doctored this one up…until we get the real deal!

 

The
Full Fields Project 2013 Blog Series:

Part 1: Bocker Farm/Barnacopia

Part 2: Walks/Drives/Sights

Part 3: Elevator/Horse Ride/Sprayer

Part 4: Process

Part 5: Shoot Out

Part 6: Cathi’s Well

Part 7: Art Fair

2013 Fields Project Part 4: Process

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Part 4 from the Fields Project:  PROCESS
Unlike my plein air compatriots, I work via sketches and photographs. Mostly driving around the first few days of the residency and then setting up my outdoor studio at Castle Rock State Park. This year, I only spent a short time up there due to weather and ticks. I spent two afternoons painting in one of the enormous storage sheds at the Bocker Farm…me and the morning doves, they didn’t really appreciate my prescence but they graciously spared my artwork their droppings!

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No, this cow was not this tall, but I couldn’t resist making this comical rendition.
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My work was more abstract than usual, this year. I was fascinated by the patterns of the driveways at the farms and the simple shapes of things.
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The
Full Fields Project 2013 Blog Series:

Part 1: Bocker Farm/Barnacopia

Part 2: Walks/Drives/Sights

Part 3: Elevator/Horse Ride/Sprayer

Part 4: Process

Part 5: Shoot Out

Part 6: Cathi’s Well

Part 7: Art Fair

2013 Fields Project Part 3: Elevator, Horse Ride & Sprayer

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More from the Fields Project in June: early in the week I put the word out that I wanted to see the landscape from the farmer’s perspective. What I had in mind was a ride on some farm equipment, I should have know with this group I would get that, and so much more! Gary Bocker was geneorus enought to send me up the elevator, 180 feet…so high I looked down on their enourmous corn bins.The view was spectacular…and a little unnerving for the first 10 mintues (I could see straight through to the ground from the grate we stood on).

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In the distance you can see ‘The Rail’ … the train cars are loaded with corn and travel a short distance to the main railroad line.
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Such a view!

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With Gary Bocker, overlooking his corn kingdom! He had never been up here and wasn’t going to join me. I insisted that he come, too…I think he was glad he made the trip.

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I was very lucky to be up there when a load came in, look at that gorgeous yellow grain!


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The trucks pull in over a grate and the corn fills the coffers (I hope I have that right!) It was pretty cool, I could hear what sounded like rain, as the corn was pumped up into the giant metal pipes and distributed back down into the bins.
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Later that day, driving ‘home’. I was at the highest point you see there!
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After that awesome elevated view, I drove a few miles to one of their fields and grandson, Winton, took me out on the sprayer (above).
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This a very sophisticated piece of equipment, that computer tracks a myriad of info including moisture, and temps. He educated me a bit about weeds, if they grow higher than 4 inches they take more moisture from the soil than the corn.
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Anne choose Chief
A horse of course! …at White Pines Ranch
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My third elevated view of the day, this one on a mammal! My horse’s name was Chief…prior to our ride we had to watch a video (geared mostly towards a younger crowd). They instructed riders to go stand in front of the horse they wanted and point (so I did!). To my left is fellow artist: Jan Sorenson and in front the owner of White Pines, Gig Bellows. So grateful to her for inviting me out for the trail ride. Chief was a trooper, can’t imaging carrying ‘me’ up a canyon trail..but this guy did!

 

The
Full Fields Project 2013 Blog Series:

Part 1: Bocker Farm/Barnacopia

Part 2: Walks/Drives/Sights

Part 3: Elevator/Horse Ride/Sprayer

Part 4: Process

Part 5: Shoot Out

Part 6: Cathi’s Well

Part 7: Art Fair

More Summer Fun...4th of July Trip

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Had a lovely visit with my brother, his wife and their adorable dog, Edgar in the Cascades over the 4th of July. Lots of good food, kayaking, rafting, biking, walks and rock collecting (I got stopped in Security at the airport for my suspect bag of rocks!).

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Edgar!
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Rafts

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A narrative memorial pet portrait of their much loved dog, Willie.
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Edgar!

2013 Fields Project Part 2: Walks, Drives and Inspiring Views

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Photos from my glorious morning walks…
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These farm vehicles reminded me of giant space age insects…
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Looking 'into' the corn…
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The corn's view…
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Painting site #1 Nordman Farm:
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The Nordman Farm: this was one of the plein air painting sites scheduled for the week, and the only one that I made it to. This barn is gorgeous, they had cattle and cats, everywhere! Ironically, I have no photos of the cats. 
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These guys were 'show' cattle…Their heads are tied up for 4 hours a day to enhance their posture during competition. The young girl that took me around assured me that this was a common practice and not harmful to them, and of course I still wonder. 
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Let me introduce you to Beckett…another show steer. He and his ebony cohort, Waldo were housed in an air conditioned section of the stable so their coats would grow fuller. They were the fluffliest looking cows I had ever seen, check out the tufts of extra hair growing around his ears.
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Roadside vistas I captured driving through Ogle County…
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This fabulous view reminded me of an Andrew Wyeth painting…it was even better in person with the wind blowing through that field.
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Even rainy days made for some exquisite photo opportunities!

The
Full Fields Project 2013 Blog Series:

Part 1: Bocker Farm/Barnacopia

Part 2: Walks/Drives/Sights

Part 3: Elevator/Horse Ride/Sprayer

Part 4: Process

Part 5: Shoot Out

Part 6: Cathi’s Well

Part 7: Art Fair

2013 Fields Project Part 1: Bocker Farm / Barnacopia!

I just returned from my 6th trip to the Fields Project artist residency. I first participated in 2003. Eleven artists participated this year, staying with 10 host families.
Every year proves to be a unique and wondrous experience. I will split my
visit into blog posts over the next week or two. I took a gazillion photos, which means I have a handful of good ones to share with you!
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My week wouldn’t have been nearly as entertaining without the lovely people in this photo! My fabulous hosts: the Bockers, Gary (front seat passenger) and Judy (next to me in the back). And Cathi Schwalbe, a dear friend and fellow artist (we each had a room in the silo and pretty quickly dubbed ourselves the ‘Silo Sisters’!) Lots of laughs from day one…Gary and Judy were so very gracious and acommodating, sharing their new creation “Barnacopia” with us.1013887_10151665401272002_1373146224_n
It gets windy in the backseat of a convertible!
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“Barnacopia” Judy and Gary imagined and built this extremely impressive museum over the last year. It houses a plethora of farming
history including Gary’s collection of farm equipment and vintage cars, and much more. There will be a grand opening in a few months when it is complete. See the cupola? There is a John Deere Tractor hanging/rotating up there!

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This is where I slept all week! My room was on the 2nd floor of this 4 story Silo.
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Bocker Farm as seen from Route 64…I refer to it a “Oz”
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One of my sketching vistas on Father’s Day between their giant corn bins.
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The view overhead.
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We even snuck a pedicure in during the week, me = green toes to match the fields!

 

The
Full Fields Project 2013 Blog Series:

Part 1: Bocker Farm/Barnacopia

Part 2: Walks/Drives/Sights

Part 3: Elevator/Horse Ride/Sprayer

Part 4: Process

Part 5: Shoot Out

Part 6: Cathi’s Well

Part 7: Art Fair

….it was an amazing week on the farm: part I

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I spent a magical 9 days, June 18-26th, at the 13th Annual Fields Project Artist Residency. I'll split my recap into a few posts because I have a lot of photos that I would like to share. I stayed with the Pfieffer Family near Ashton, IL on their pig farm, and I'm glad to report that they have agreed to adopt me! …do you like their license plate?! My toes are the green ones, painted in honor of the week, which was filled with laughter and an endless supply of rural artistic inspiration.
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I'll start with the family farm dogs…this is Beauty.
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…and Bebe, hard working farm dogs most of the time!
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And this is Frosty (note the ears…struck with a little frost bite) and Daffodil in the background..they were really fun goats, totally engaging and loved attention! So beautiful.
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Daffodil, so pretty.
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Look at that mug!
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Thankful in the Cascades…

Picture 9I took a long overdue trip out to my brother's for Thanksgiving, we went up to his cabin in the Cascade Mountains, it was heaven…every sight, breathtaking. I couldn't hike much outside as my ankle is still compromised a bit, but played cards (Euchre!), had my first Wii experience (ankle friendly) and enjoyed good food (as documented above), wine and great company.

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Following protocol…

Picture 21About seven years ago I promised myself I would do my best to 'either wake up or go to sleep somewhere I had not before, on my birthday'. So following protocol I woke up in Ottawa, IL on a very rainy Sunday morning. Fortunately we had made the short trip to the Starved Rock State Park area on Saturday where we had a great time hiking on a very spring-like day with temps in the low 50's and lots of sun. No tolls between here and Chicago, the park is free and you can bring dogs (we did not)… Picture 29 Semi-frozen water falls, which up until last week you could climb.Picture 28The trails were mostly planked with lots of steps to different lookout points, a little muddy in places but otherwise very easy to navigate. Definitely got our heart rates up! Towards the end of the trail we came upon a great lodge where we enjoyed a little refreshment outside before finishing our exploration.Picture 23This is overlooking the Illinois River at the Dam:Picture 30

Picture 24 That evening we went to nearby South Peru, IL to try Mark Allen's Restaurant, owned by my friend Ann Weisbrod and her husband who is the chef. Great food and drinks and Ann's fun art work for the decor!Picture 27So on the rainy morning of my 43rd Birthday we opted to drive back home to Chicago and relax with the dogs, it was the perfect lazy day…Picture 31