I am always happy to have a commission. They are a challenge, and can lead to paintings that stretch my repertoire.
I love driving the back roads. You get a real feel for the place you are in when you leave the main thoroughfare, leave the chain restaurants and hotels, and get into the back woods. The Story Inn is one of those places. My Dad and I were out exploring Brown County, Indiana. We turned onto a little road off Highway 144, and around the corner saw this old country store, surrounded by woods. It has got a new lease on life as a restaurant and bed and breakfast, but they have kept the old feel the same. It is as if it was lost in time.
Rain is wonderful. When it is a hot muggy day, and a hard rainstorm comes through, the temperature drops, sometimes the humidity lessons, the world has had a drink, and everything is refreshed. This painting is of that moment when the rain is leaving, the sun is breaking out and everything feels better.
I love rainy days. The world gets washed clean. Colors are richer, and everything is shiny. The air smells fresh, and things are quiet and peaceful. Rain brings water that renews and refreshes the earth, and causes everything to grow.
This is a painting of Sylva, a cute mountain town in Western North Carolina. It is embraced by the Plott Balsam Mountains. This view from the courthouse is one of my favorites. I love the way the atmospheric perspective pushes the mountains off to the distance, and the one point linear perspective pushes the street back into the distance. This was a fun painting!
I love old courthouses. Back before modernism, they were the jewel of the county. They were the heart of the community. As communities have grown, the courthouses have been replaced, due to lack of size and resources. Luckily many of them are re purposed. This is the Jackson County Courthouse in North Carolina. It is now where the library is located. The setting is beautiful, on a hill above the town of Sylva, surrounded by the Plott Balsam Mountains.
I really enjoyed this view looking toward the bridge past the gift shop. I think the vertical and horizontal lines of the composition make it really interesting, and the complimentary color scheme is fun.
Indianapolis has a beautiful downtown. One of my favorite times to be downtown is at night when it is all lit up. I proposed to my wife when we were in downtown Indianapolis. Indiana has a neat looking State Capitol building.
The mountains of North Carolina are lush and beautiful. There are lots of fun small towns, surrounded by soaring peaks and rushing rivers. One of the great ways to see them is on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. This painting is of the train pulling into Dillsboro, during an art fair. I love the composition of the train pushing its way forward, contrasting with the people and tents .
This is a painting of Tunnel Mountain Crafts Gallery in Dillsboro. It is a cute little tourist town, filled with coffee shops and galleries. My first experience with Dillsboro was speaking with Connie Hogan, the owner of the gallery. She is on top of things. I was really impressed.
I love visiting interesting little towns through out the country. There is so many fun places, and such interesting architecture. Last week I went with my Dad to Dillsboro, North Carolina. It is a tiny tourist town in the Plott Balsam Mountains, near Great Smoky Mountain National Park. As we were walking around we saw this fun house that had been turned into a shop. I loved the line of motorcycles parked in front of it. They looked like the riders were out for a cruise, and taking a break.