Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Slow Fade

Slow Fade

Why is it that so many barns (that sit outside in the full sun all day) are painted red?  Don't farmers know that red fades in the sun?!  Actually, I googled it…and there are several theories. One involves farmers sealing the wood with linseed oil, which has an orange/red color.  Another says farmers would put ferrous oxide (aka rust) in the oil because it was poisonous to molds and fungi which would increase the decay of the wood. Red was also the least expensive color of paint, and last, there is an unappealing / yucky theory that I'll keep to myself, or you can google it.

-julie davis


Sue Marrazzo said...

Love the sky...nice.

Barbara Muir said...

Beautiful painting. Of course I'm sitting here making up unappealing, grim scenarios in the middle of the night. But I am not googling this.

They sure do look pretty in the middle of the beige/blonde colour of wheat, or in the white/blue brilliance of winter snow.

XOXOXO Barbara

Norbert Marszalek said...

striking shadow on the barn - well done