Art Inspiration- Work Before Play

On the farm, summer is a time of both hard work and hard play. On top of our regular livestock care duties, there is also hay and straw to bale. Straw is short lived as once wheat is ready to harvest, straw is baled and done for the year, but hay is continual...

Are You Reaping What You Sow

I decided to try something different for this month's devotional and try a video. I hope this is both challenging and encouraging.   Are you reaping the harvest that you expect or want in your life? Are you planting or are you fallow ground?  Learn more in this...

Hay Day Inspiration

"Hay Day" © Amanda Griffey 2019My view from the tractor and baler a few years ago."When the Roll is Called up Yonder" Amanda Griffey 2022 SOLDSince we have cattle and a feed store where we sell hay, we bale a LOT of hay. Hay work, although hectic, is one of my...

Lessons from Tomatoes

"Hope of Harvest" 9"x12" Pastel © Amanda Griffey 2018 SoldSpring planting always amazes me. How you can drop a seed in the ground, it sprouts, grows into a plant, and then produces a harvest. But sometimes it’s not easy. The last few years I have started my own tomato...

Watchful Backstory

"Watchful" © Amanda Griffey 2018Reference photo by Lara Alma Surring. Used with permission."Watchful" is available on multiple printed products. They say that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Especially with horses, as they have the largest eyes of all land...

Reflections in Colored Pencil Backstory

"Reflections in Colored Pencil" is a piece that was really supposed to be a bit of a dig at the "powers that be" in the art world.  While colored pencil has really come into its own as a professional art medium in the last decade, to some in the art establishment, it...

Story of the Art- The Ol’ 60

The pastel and colored pencil artwork “The Ol’ 60” was created as part of a classic tractor series I was originally working on for a multi piece project. It was in the same vein as “Behind the Barn- Farmall F20”, but instead of a long forgotten tractor sitting in the...

Authenticity- The Key to Authority

The TV show “Yellowstone” has triggered a resurgence in the popularity of being a cowboy. This isn’t anything new really, as the spaghetti westerns of the 50’s and 60’s inspired many kids (and probably adults) to want to be a cowboy as well. But to the “untrained eye”...

Story Behind the Work- Behind the Barn: Farmall F20

If you love farm life, or think highly of farm life, chances are you have fond memories of growing up or visiting a farm when you were younger. Some of these memories could include witnessing the birth of an animal, playing with baby animals, playing in the hay mow,...

Following the Way

"Bright and Morning Star" 9"x12" Pastel on VelourOur family enjoys tent camping in the woods behind our house. We have even cleared a spot that we have designated as our own personal campground. On our camping adventures we like to hike in the woods, and in the spring...