This painting comes from the quick draw competition at P3, The Peidmont Plein Air Paintout. Not a very exciting corner but someone has stuck in a couple rose bushes in an effort to brighten it up. Worked for me. The contrast between the organic shapes in the roses and the hard edges around grabs the attention.
The thing that appeals to me so much about a piece of historic landscape is the hundred years battle that takes place between man and nature during the passage of time. Man builds it. Nature tries to reclaim it. Man builds new and fixes the old which only last so long before natural elements try to intervene. Eventually, layers build up on the land, each being a combination of growth, construction, use, and decay.
It becomes its own fascinating and complicated life form. With more changes to come.