Charcoal on paper, 11.3" X 8.5"
"Midway Barn" is my first complete charcoal drawing. I used hot pressed watercolor paper. I have some paper labeled as being for charcoal but the texture was more aggressive than I like and it was a laid texture which means it has a mechanical weave appearance that just doesn't look natural. I might try Bristol smooth paper for the next drawing.
There's something about the simplicity of using a single pencil to create a piece of art, it just feels so authentic and meditative while making it.
The drawing is based on a photo I took in the small rural farming community of Midway, Utah in the Heber Valley on the opposite side of the Wasatch Mountains from Provo. Midway has lost a little of it's small town charm over the years though, it's become a popular resort area and much of the surrounding area has been developed. This barn however is just a couple blocks from downtown. I took some liberties by changing the shape of the barn a bit, removing a home in the background, adding a dirt road in front and making the field more "wild".