"Painted in 1939. The right hand barn of Harrison Keach's twin barns, in Buckland, painted by me many times but never with a more spirited and successful canvas than this, just a small red-faced barn, big doors open, thick maple rising back of it against a vivid June cloud spotted sky, wonderful translucent shadow from other barn across barnyard to the left, maple branches over curved barnyard wall to the right. Exhibited many times all about the country and always receiving good criticisms. Through the interests of F. Earl Williams (my close friend) Principal of Gardner High School, purchased by the graduating class of 1939 and presented to the high school where it hangs on public display."
"Very gay in color, faded red barn, clear rain-washed blue sky, my finest transparent shadow."
This painting has been removed from the high school for security reasons and is now hung in a private room in the town library where it can be seen by visitors.
See also Summer Barns to view a related piece with the same barn.
Joyce Allen Critic for the Binghamton Sun, wrote the following critique (below). Click on the image to view and read the article.
"......is a painting which breathes a friendliness, a kindness that comes only from one who must be a good neighbor. Neighborliness seems to be the dominating spirit in the oil paintings of Mr. Woodward."