This one was actually prompted by a pixel dailies theme but is a natural fit for the Kansas gallery. Also, this is my first Kansas themed pixel art to feature a human. Not a lot of them around here.
It was a crisp day in late fall when I discovered this limestone settlement in the wildlife area of Wilson lake. Obviously abandoned to the winds of time, this ruin of unknown history defiantly stood with a sense of dignity and strength. Winter's encroachment had already desaturated the hills, yet the glowing limestone resonated the sun with warm vibrance. I was most impressed with the scene and snapped a few photos. At the time I was experimenting with photo realistic digital art and had some vague idea to paint the scene for my Mono-HiFi series. While that never happened, nearly two years later the photos inspired me again to create this pixel art scene.
While I do not actively worship in any organized religion, I've always admired the magnificent architecture of churches. Especially in rural Kansas these lofty structures impress upon a very flat and sparse landscape. So when pixel dailies 'church' theme came up I felt the compulsion to interpret an existing structure that I've actually experienced in person. St. Fidelis Catholic Church, commonly known as the Cathedral of the plains is probably the most impressive church within my vicinity. While it may not be the most elegant design, it's scale and symmetry make it stand out.
Although I've spent most of my life in Kansas I've never been closely involved with the wheat harvest. So when I was invited to visit a friend's farm I was excited to get a close look at the happenings around harvest time. Funny how time away can make what once seemed mundane into great cultural interest. Just as we neared the farm grounds we got word that my friend's sister accidentally started a field fire by driving over wheat stubble. While only a small corner of the field was lost, the Oldsmobile and nearby grain truck weren't so lucky to escape the flames. Luckily no one was hurt. This is how I imagine the grain truck would have looked in better days.
I had been wanting to pixel a barn for some time thinking the lines would really suit my style. With this intention in the back of my mind I made mental notes of features I liked about barns and farm structures around my area. In the end, it was an old grain elevator that inspired the design of Hopewell Barn. I liked how the tall angular silo protruding from the main structure created contrasting angles and extra depth. So why not take this idea and build a silo into the barn? I'm sure a structure like this exists somewhere around here.
My first experiment incorporating local scenery into my pixel art. I find this unexpected marriage of theme and medium work quite well together. The pixels' innate ability to evoke the warm fuzzies compliments a familiar everyday landscape. Nostalgia factor at max!