The Artwork of
Kevin M. Haller
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Studio (working from from photograph taken at the Wallis Warren farm)
August 9--3pm
"Checking the Hay"
Oil   11x14
Inspiration and Design:
In this scene, a farmer is lifting a clump of mowed hay to gauge the moisture content of the hay underneath.  Sheltered from the sun and wind, the hay at the bottom contains the most moisture.  Prior to baling, hay should retain less than 20 percent of its original moisture.  The weather was clear and warm.  The time of day was approximately 11am.  Farmers depend on hay from the pasture to sustain livestock through the winter.  Hay baled well retains more of its nutritional value and lengthens storage life.  Due to its importance to the farmer, haying is very much a "hands-on" operation.  My goal for this painting was to evoke a farmer's connectedness with his hayfields.