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

2 comments:

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.