Sometimes the charm of a mountain cabin or a sprawling historic home provides the focus for a plein air painting. Other times the subject one truly wants to paint is the ruins of an ancient building, pueblo or encampment and not only the spectacular terrain in which it is situated. And let’s face it, no one knows how long that beautiful old red barn you just love to see when driving through the countryside is going to remain there. The surprising contrast between a building and its natural surroundings can be enough to make a compelling composition, and the changes in natural light and weather at any time of year can enhance this contrast with stunning visual effects. Regardless of age, condition or method of building, architectural subjects can provide wonderful opportunities to paint a landscape with a human touch, with or without the figures. This can be a valuable means of preserving artifacts, moments in human history, even becoming part of the historical record of a place. Here is a selection of the architectural paintings Stefan Baumann has created from oil and canvas.