Copyright © Linda Apple
"Red Barn" - sold
oil on gallery wrapped canvas 10"x 10"
The old red barn.
I have always been drawn to the old red barns that dot the countryside.
Do you know why they are painted red?
I did some research and actually found many theories. So here's a bit of history today :)
The most popular one theory seems to be: Early 18th-century bridges and barns
went unpainted. However,by the late 1700's, natural wood seasoning gave
way to artificial preservation. Virginia farmers were the first to become pa
int-conscious. Since ready-made paint was not available, a farmer mixed his own.
Skimmed milk, lime and ferrous oxide, otherwise known as rust,
made a plastic-like coating that hardened quickly and lasted for years.
Rust was plentiful on farms and is a poison to many fungi, including mold and moss.