Barnwood Windmill Folk Art
Hanne Lore Koehler
Painting - Acrylic + Digital
I have updated, refined and enhanced my dad's hex design with digital painting in order to keep this Pennsylvania Dutch hex series consistent.
This blue Windmill or Pinwheel design is a symbol of strength, fortitude, hard work and stability. The twelve dark blue fins of the radiating spokes of a windmill are trailed by light blue turbulent wind as it encircles the central yellow and green flower that represents fertility and abundance, a symbol of beauty and pride in the home. This Mennonite barn folk art hex design is now being offered with or without barnwood background, as reproduction canvas, acrylic and art prints - an excellent addition to your country or contemporary kitchen decor, cafe decor, deli decor!
A little background:
In the 1980's, my dad, Otto Werner (1923 - 1991) was commissioned to design and paint a series of 24 panels to be mounted as part of the Waterloo Heritage TIME TELLER GAZEBO (see photo in this gallery) that illustrated some of the Pennsylvania Dutch Hex designs featured on many of the old Mennonite barns in the Waterloo region. Each of these unique hex designs was incorporated into the gazebo design directly under the eaves
An important part in the culture and traditions of the German settlers that created their new home in America and Canada in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were the folk art style designs referred to as hex signs. The Pennsylvania Dutch decorated their farmhouses inside and out with these hand-painted geometric designs, painting them on many household items, above doorways and on their barns. The elements that make up the designs all had special meanings from the individual colors and patterns to the birds or "Distelfinks", hearts, leaves and stars. It was their belief that these designs would bring blessings and good fortune to the home and family in the form of good luck, fertility, love, happiness, good health and many other desirable wishes. Today Dutch Hex Signs are enjoyed by people around the world who hang them on their sheds, homes, barns and garages, above doorways, in workshops, and many other locations. Today's barn quilts are based on the old Pennsylvania Dutch traditional folk art.
February 25th, 2020
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