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1 Pond + 4 Acres = 1 Year of Beautiful Oil Paintings by Dan Bartges

I can’t explain my lifelong urge to draw and paint, but I do know exactly when it began. When I was 4, my dad sat me down at the kitchen table, brought out a pencil and notepad and said, “Let me show you something.” With that, he began drawing a very simple sketch of railroad tracks, a distant train and mountains in the background. I watched in amazement, completely mesmerized. Seeing that scene materialize was the closest thing to magic I’d ever witnessed, and all these years later, drawing and painting still cast their spell.