While living on our farm in Missouri this was a scene I saw ever summer as I headed from the house to the barn. The Catalpa trees stood between our farm and our neighbor's farm. The neighbor grew cotton for several years and then switched to corn. The land was flat and the corn was a sea of green during the summer months. I had never seen a Catalpa tree when we move to our farm but grew to love them for their resiliency and their shade. Summers are hot in the Bootheel of Missouri and Catalpas were a welcome haven for a lunch break when working in the fields. Being a farmer's wife made for lots of memories and made for, "A Painting Day'.
"Fence Row Catalpas" 5x5 inches, oil on canvas by Ruth Andre