Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

I look at a lot of pictures of grain elevators. I have found that Google searches of "grain elevator" brings the most results, with "country elevator" coming in a distant second. "Canada grain elevator" pulls in some of the most beautiful offerings, and "Montana grain elevator" is also a good choice. I can switch out Montana for Iowa or Indiana and still have a worthy selection.

All of these searches have opened up to me a parts of histories that would have otherwise been overlooked -- by me, anyway. I've learned a bit about the importance of the grain elevators, the uses for these prairie giants, and the continued need for them. Even the many of them that are no longer in use fill a void. Like misplaced lighthouses, they continue to be a beacon of existence in otherwise empty fields.

I have just finished this small painting. It is one of my favorites. I like that these stoic buildings seem to be mingling with each other. It's called "Cluster."


I have my own shop on Etsy (tatestreet is the name of my shop). I have recently discovered a photographer who has her own shop and her work is stunning. For those of us who lust over photos of abandoned utilitarian buildings, her work is like romance.

Here is the link to her shop. Check it out:

This painting has sold!


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