What is the first thing that you see? This is the focal point. The focal point is what first draws your eye, something that stands out.
What colors are used? Are they bright or muted pastels? Hint: drab, muted, dull colors.
How has Wood used perspective? Remember big is near, far is small, color and texture are less with distance. The people are almost larger than life compared to the buildings and tress in the background. The people are the first level of the painting; they overlap everything else in the work, becoming the most important.
What do you think the pitch fork symbolizes? Hint: Hard work. Midwestern rural farm life was hard, people were stern, strict, and unbending with each other and themselves.
What do you see when you look at the lady? She is looking away and seems to be a little upset. She has a soft pattern on her dress with an old broach perhaps given to her by her mother or someone special. On her shoulder are flower pots full of plants that she cares about. Her hair is pulled back softly from her face. She does not look stern. She seems to be questioning the sternness of life.
The people in this painting posed for this picture. What does pose mean? Have you ever posed for a picture? Where you dressed up for a special occasion or in a costume for Halloween?