Historic Trimborn Farm

Posted on May 22, 2011 in Blog Post, Local History, Plein Air Painting

I took the opportunity last week to set up at an historical farm. This location is run by the county park system, being a farm complex that dates back before the civil war. The painting focuses on a set of kilns which were used to cook limestone in to lyme for use in agriculture and construction. nearby there are two man-made rock quarry lagoons that were quarried at the time for the limestone. Had an interesting conversation with a docent, he explained a good amount of the historical significance of this farm. This location also includes the first stone building built in Milwaukee and the largest stone-foundation barn built in Wisconsin. I’ll be sure to get back here for further studies, as the buildings are all unique in different ways.

I spent a good 4 hours on this 11″ x 14″ panel, working on getting the color in the shadows of the kilns, as well as the texture of the bricks and the shingles. This outing started out around noon as a hazy overcast day, the type of gray spring days we get here in Wisconsin. By 3pm, the sun was quite direct, I managed to get some sunburn this time.