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The old brown house is a farm house, one you might see on the edge of a small mid-western town or on a farm. Sometimes they are abandoned and falling slowly apart, like an ancient glacier calving into a cold bay. But on occasion, one will be surprised to see a light in the window and you wonder, how many lives have known that old clapboard home? What stories can that old house tell?

 

The red building is based on a very old building in Minneapolis. According to knowledgeable people, it was a brothel back in the day. The actual building in Minneapolis is three times wider than my version, but I narrowed it up.



"Old Brown House with Red Building", 24 x 36, acrylic and pumice on a gallery canvas. August 2014.