This last saturday I participated in a Plein Air event in Fuquay Varina, North Carolina. Half of the proceeds from auctioning the paintings went to their Downtown Revitalization, and half goes to the artist. I was asked to paint this restaurant / Tavern, called The Mason Jar Tavern.
When a couple from our church decided to get married, I painted this as their wedding present. They were married in the Columbia, South Carolina temple. In our church, we believe that a marriage in the temple can be for eternity and not just til death.
I really enjoy old homes and old cars. Not far from my home is an old farmhouse with this fun fire engine out front. What a neat combination! I chose to portray this scene in late afternoon light in winter. The muted color scheme creates a feeling of unity, and of age, as both the home and the engine are antiques. The light and shadow contrast give a sense of time to the painting.
Children coming into the world bring excitement, hope, anxiety, and fear. They bring happiness, exhaustion, and most of all, joy. We have 3 kids, and are done with having babies. Knowing the 3rd one was going to be the last one, Lynley asked me to do a painting of her, expecting.
Worth Street in Asheboro, North Carolina, is a historic street where the former Governor had his home. The Courthouse, the Library, and many Law Firms are also located here. There are some beautiful homes. This painting is a view of three of the prettiest homes.
I have beautiful daughters. I love them so much! I painted a couple of paintings of my oldest daughter when she was little, and so my wife asked me to do one of my middle daughter. She has lots of personality, and is very cute. This was Easter last year. I love the early morning light, the fun bunnies and the gesture as she reaches for an egg.
Hop’s Bar- B- Q is a fixture in Asheboro. It has been open for more than 60 years. It is one of those “Hole in the Wall” kind of restaurants that give a town it’s character. I love the reflections and the light in this painting.
I enjoy small businesses and old homes. This gallery has both. I love the big porch and the tall rooms, as well as the large windows. The gallery has lots of interesting things, from paintings to tea.
Railroads were the life blood of manufacturing towns. Asheboro grew on the backs of the hosiery mills. The railroad came through town, taking the socks to the world to be sold. This is a painting of Sunset Street, looking east from where the railroad crosses the middle of town.
I think county courthouses are neat. Especially older ones with interesting architectural details. For example, in Greensburg, Indiana, there is a tree growing from the top of the courthouse. This painting is of the Randolph County Courthouse, in Asheboro. In front there is a war monument, and next to the courthouse, in an older building, is Lawyers Row. This is a painting of late afternoon, where the strong warm light makes everything glow.