Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire

Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire Scotland Art Print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya


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Over the last few years, while travelling in Europe during autumn, I have come to love a few landscape features.  Living in a country where hay bales are mostly of plain square shape and stacked up high on top of each other, I am always on the lookout for the round ones when driving through the European countryside.




During our last road trip through Scotland, I took a few reference photos of hay bales for painting.



Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire Scotland Art Print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya


Aside from the round shape of the hay bales, I also love the shadows they cast, as well as the tracks and grooves in the fields.



Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire Scotland Art Print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya


After coming back home,  I started drawing one of the landscapes from Aberdeenshire featuring hay bales on the fields.  Once I was happy with the composition, I got to painting.



Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire Scotland Art Print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya


I chose oil to paint the landscape. 



Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire Scotland Art Print InkTorrents Graphics Soma Acharya


I love impressionist/post-impressionist style oil painting, Monet and Van Gogh being my favourites.  I painted the field in that style using  similar small, soft brush strokes, which I find very calming.




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I had a marvelous time painting the warm, rich colours of hay bales against the woods and the deep blue sky with floating clouds from one of my favourite places in the world.


Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire is now available in my shop as prints and cards.


A little note – My right hand is currently in a splint to heal a wrist fracture, so I am unable to type at my usual speed.  Please allow me a little extra time for replies.


Whilst I am at home, I am taking this opportunity to go on virtual journeys through my travel photos and paintings.  Hope you enjoyed them too.


Until next time,


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55 thoughts on “Hay Bales Of Aberdeenshire

  • JOhn Adams October 25, 2020 at 00:49

    Way beyond my capabilities as an artist! Hay bales, however, are a part of my childhood.

  • dee October 24, 2020 at 19:01

    Lovely work, Soma.

  • Donna October 24, 2020 at 11:59

    That picture is beautiful x

  • rachelswirl October 24, 2020 at 06:43

    Such a gorgeous image, so bright and colourful! Thanks for sharing and for linking up with #MySundaySnapshot.

  • sam October 23, 2020 at 06:42

    You have a real skill X

  • Alison Hall October 23, 2020 at 04:40

    A beautiful landscape!

  • Tanza Erlambang October 22, 2020 at 17:08

    beautiful images and lovely paintings…. very impressive.

    Have a wonderful day.

  • chickenruby October 21, 2020 at 22:26

    Fab paintings. I’ve never known why we have rectangular and round bales, I guess it’s just a different way of storage #mysundayphoto

  • My Corner of the World October 21, 2020 at 14:21

    Awesome paintings! I love hay bales, too, and most of ours here in New Zealand are round.
    I do hope your wrist heals soon.

    Many thanks for your link at ‘My Corner of the World’ this week !!

  • Luisella October 21, 2020 at 07:24

    Your skies remind me of Van Gogh’s!
    Beautiful shots too…

  • Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade October 20, 2020 at 12:51

    You did a lovely job. Where I live, in the southeast of the US, we roll our hay. I have always had an affinity for them. Like rolling waves they calm my spirit.
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

  • Charlotte Ryan October 20, 2020 at 09:31

    Lovely sunny pictures and gorgeous painting. #MySundayPhoto

  • Carol S. October 20, 2020 at 09:14

    This is beautiful, Soma! I love seeing all your creations. Not good about your wrist, but it’s good to know you’re taking time to heal.

  • Lady Fi October 20, 2020 at 09:06

    Wow – these are stunning!

  • Veronica Lee October 19, 2020 at 22:36

    Fabulous scenes! Hay bales are something you don’t see in my corner of the world!

  • Tammie October 19, 2020 at 16:41

    The first time I saw the large round bales was in England. I was enchanted.
    Here in Montana, there are more of the round ones than the square ones. Maybe they are for people/farms with larger herds?
    Square ones for individuals, easier to handle? I do see them both here.

    Your art is lovely as can be. I enjoy seeing the texture, colors and theme.

  • Michelle October 19, 2020 at 14:50

    Lovely! Interestingly, now nearly all hay bales in much of America are of the round variety. Your painting will be featured in this week’s Creative Compulsions.


  • Mersad October 18, 2020 at 23:59

    Wonderful scenes. Thank you very much for linking with Through My Lens

  • Angie October 18, 2020 at 20:57

    And thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

  • Michelle Keltner October 18, 2020 at 14:26

    You captured these hay bales well in your art. Thank you for linking up and I hope to see you back again. Stay well.

  • Darren Coleshill October 18, 2020 at 07:53

    What gorgeous paintings, I love seeing the hay bales in the fields.

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

  • Kim Carberry October 18, 2020 at 06:25

    In the field behind my house we had a few days when the hay bales were there scattered around the field.
    What a great piece of art x

  • Tamar A Strauss-Benjamin October 18, 2020 at 04:25

    What gorgeous art!

  • Carol October 18, 2020 at 03:53

    Beautiful art work – well done #mySundayphoto

  • Anne October 18, 2020 at 02:53

    Stunning painting, the contrast between the colours is really beautiful. I hope your hand heals quickly x

  • Lisa | Handmade in Israel October 17, 2020 at 23:52

    What a beautiful piece! I immediately thought it was a Van Gogh! Well done!

  • Sarah MumofThree World October 17, 2020 at 22:53

    What a beautiful painting. Your photos reminded me of my favourite walk in Cornwall (the very south of England). I hope your wrist is better soon.

  • A ShutterBug Explores October 17, 2020 at 07:43

    Gorgeous paintings of the hay bales ~ wishing you a speedy recovery ~

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  • NatureFootstep October 17, 2020 at 01:17

    Harvest time. :) I love seeing this in the landscape in early fall. You made it justice, gorgeous!

  • Mary October 16, 2020 at 18:08

    That’s beautiful, Soma. I love your phots too. We just did a long road trip and I took several photos of fields of the big round bales. No one seems to do the small rectangular ones anymore. Such sweet memories of growing up in the Midwest. Sorry about the fracture. Was that from your fall? I hope it heals quickly.

  • Susan October 16, 2020 at 17:19

    So sorry to hear you fractured your wrist. I pray it will heal quickly. We occasionally see round hay bales here. Love the photos–especially the ones with the ocean and the storm clouds. I like the sketch too. The colors in the painting are so vibrant. Thanks for sharing.

  • Rain Frances October 16, 2020 at 12:30

    Oh no! I hope your wrist heals soon!!! Not fun. Your haybales are charming! :)

  • Linda Calverley October 16, 2020 at 12:16

    Beautiful painting and stunning scenes.

  • Linda Kunsman October 16, 2020 at 12:01

    beautiful painting and photos! happy PPF!

  • Gillena Cox October 16, 2020 at 11:20

    Lovely art and thank you for sharing your photos
    Happy PPF


  • LA Paylor October 16, 2020 at 08:20

    well done! so exact

  • Nicole/DVArtist October 16, 2020 at 06:48

    Wow! You created a beautiful piece of art. Such wonderful detail. I too love the wheat fields, both while it is growing and then when it is baled. Enjoy your day.

  • butterfly October 16, 2020 at 06:18

    That’s a gorgeous late summer landscape – there’s something so reassuring about the solidity of hay bales and harvest coming in. Happy PPF!
    Alison x

  • Christine October 16, 2020 at 05:37

    Wonderful work on the hay bales and gorgeous photos too.

  • sirkkis October 16, 2020 at 05:08

    Great painting, and awesome scenery photos.
    Happy PPF xx

  • maria October 16, 2020 at 05:05

    Happy Paint Party Friday!
    Oh how lovely! I adore your painting. I’ve never used oil before. I’ve always wanted to try. Really beautiful piece. Happy Friday and have a lovely weekend.

  • BLOGitse October 16, 2020 at 03:31

    This is really beautiful, nice colors.
    Have a good weekend!

  • riitta k October 16, 2020 at 00:57

    The first view of your hay bales painting brought Van Gogh to my mind! Looking fabulous. The photos are beautiful, no wonder they inspired you!

  • Valerie-Jael October 16, 2020 at 00:14

    Beautiful painting. Those bales are everywhere here at harvest time. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

  • Kokopelli Design October 15, 2020 at 23:39

    What a wonderful fall painting! Never thought about the difference in hay bales. *LOL* In my area we have the round (they are HUGE) and the square ones (much easier to handle). Thanks for also sharing the process! Need to try oil paints, too, as my last watercolor painting attempt went sooooooooo wrong. *LOL* Have a great day. :)

  • Elke October 15, 2020 at 23:05

    The painting is wonderful. The colors are expressive of this beautiful landscape motif!
    Have a good weekend. Elke

  • Sheila Oxley October 15, 2020 at 22:10

    Come to Kentucky! We have round bales here! I’ve been taking pictures of them for awhile for reference and to drive my husband crazy. He’s always asking why are you taking a picture of them. Your painting is wonderful as are your photos.

  • Angie October 15, 2020 at 18:47

    Soma – you have channeled Van Gogh very well! Love this painting! We are on a road trip at the moment, and we have seen a very different type of hay storage system – watch for a future post!

  • Sue Palmer October 15, 2020 at 15:22

    I am sorry to hear you have fractured your wrist, I hope it is healed soon. Your hay bales painting is beautiful, we mostly have the round bales here.

  • Kim October 15, 2020 at 13:28

    Oh dear, however did you fracture your wrist, Soma? Your photos remind of my little rural outpost where in summertime there are bales of hay, just like these, dotting the landscape. Your lovely painting brings to mind a Van Gogh masterpiece. I always love the texture of an oil painting. I hope your wrist heals quickly and you are able to paint (and type) again. Your Hay Bales of Aberdeen painting and your photos are gorgeous.

  • The Joyful Quilter October 15, 2020 at 13:27

    Great addition to your shop, Soma!! I’m particularly fond of the colors chosen to represent the various sections of your drawing.

  • Dixie October 15, 2020 at 12:47

    Beautiful art, Soma. Wonderful colours and texture.
    I remember being in the hay fields, hay smells so nice.
    Sorry about your fractured wrist. I hope it heals soon.

  • Jennifer Jilks October 15, 2020 at 10:47

    Very cool!
    We mostly have the round ones here. There are a few of the others, but people have mostly changed over.
    Wonderful art.

  • Eileen October 15, 2020 at 10:26


    Your painting is beautiful. I like the scenes with the hay bales. Beautiful photos!
    Take care! Have a great day!

  • Janine @ Rainbow Hare October 15, 2020 at 10:18

    That’s interesting that you have square bales. I love to see the rectangular bales, which we always used to have. My cousins had a farm and we used to make houses with them in the barn. Nearly all are baling is round now and you need a machine to lift them :)
    Your picture looks great.

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