In "Bales at Dawn" Tommy Thompson painted a pastoral scene, which is very familiar in the Alabama countryside. This original oil depicts a scene that he found near his home in Florence, Alabama. He and his wife Marie were traveling along Cox Creek Parkway in Florence late one day when she discovered these hay bales along the highway. Immediately the artist began planning his next day's painting expedition. At dawn the next day, he was onsite armed with his backpack filled with the necessary paints and brushes to capture this beautiful scene in a field study. Back in his studio the painter created this oversize painting using the field study and digital photographs captured that morning.