Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sally at the Cider Press, Maria Kovalenko Leysens

As I finished this painting this past week, I was reminded of a nice day this past fall. 
I spent an afternoon at a local cider press to do some "painting" research. 
It was a busy day at the press. People that waited to have their apples pressed shared stories about gardens, seasons and families. 
For me it was a chance to slow down and appreciate these seasonal traditions.

This is a family run cider press and they all work together with a comfortable ease. 
At first I thought I would do a painting about the men that work there. 
But as I watched and photographed the workers, I saw that the real energy came from Sally. She went from job to job seamlessly and was welcoming to all. 
I am sure that is why the cider press has her name on it!

Sally at the Cider Press,  17x29 inches, Watercolor on 330 lb. watercolor paper


Sue Marrazzo said...

Love the colors,
and you captured your subject so perfectly ( :

Cecelia Lyden said...

Such a strong painting and compelling story--so nice to see your work again, Maria.