This article originally appeared in the spring 2018 issue of Pathways.

I met Sparky Weilnau, whose popcorn farm sits just outside of the village of Milan, early on a Friday morning in late June. We drove out to his land, drinking coffee and stopping to see the crops and outbuildings up close. Huge storm clouds loomed on the horizon over an exquisite gold field of wheat, threatening severe weather. “This reminds me of that painting,” Sparky remarked.

I knew exactly the painting. John Rogers Cox’s “Gray and Gold, 1942” is one of my favorites in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s permanent collection.

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Top: Gray and Gold, Milan, 2017, by Missy G. Flinn.

Bottom: Gray and Gold, 1942, by John Rogers Cox. Cleveland Museum of Art, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund.