BLUEBERRY RAKE, egg tempera, 66 x 83 cm
© Fergus A Ryan, 2018 Private collection, United Kingdom
The setting of this painting is in rural Maine, where I had been visiteing. Blueberries are collected with this remarkable hand rake that looks like a dustpan with spikes. The long mesh frame is used to separate leaves from the berries, which roll down into the basket.
The subject was our host, radio humourist 'The humble Farmer', who drove Sarah and me around many of the nearby sites where Andrew Wyeth painted. It was a dream visit.