My Uncle Ernie from Florida, who has done a lot for me over the years, recently requested a couple of paintings for himself when he arrives this week for his yearly visit to West Virginia. He was born and raised in West Virginia, but has lived in Florida since the early 70s. When he visits, my Mom always cooks food he can't get in the sunshine state. So, when your favorite uncle says "I want paintings of my favorite West Virginia food, beans and cornbread and hot dogs with chili and slaw for my kitchen" you naturally have two of your meals for the week set. Then a dilemma, "Do I paint first or eat first?" So without further ado, I present painting number 1. West Virginia Beans and Cornbread (with green onions on the side). A little blurry on the photo, sorry.
This is a social commentary painting in regards to our country and the state of mind of a lot of folks that try to make a living in small towns. I used the beaten down train station near my home to represent the decay of society, but left the figure surrounded in the yellow painted clapboards as a sign of hope. It seems that we're all just waiting for better times to come and we carry that weight with us.
My final piece before we left. I wanted to spend a little more time on this one and I really liked the look of the abandoned house next to where we were staying. I was able to pick up some of the details of the house and the grounds around it by moving closer.
My second piece painted in Canaan Valley in April. The weather warmed up so I was able to spend a little more time on this one. You can see the snow still on the ski slopes in this painting. Everything else was still in a dormant state, so lots of yellow and browns.
Our family was able to spend 4 days in Canaan Valley, WV during the third week of April. That's a very dicey time weather-wise, so when we arrived there was still snow on the ski slopes. I was able to paint three plein air paintings while there. This first one is of the valley with an old abandoned house that was next to our cabin. About 30 minutes into the painting the wind started to pick up and the temperature started to drop, so I couldn't paint this one fast enough. I'll post the other two later this week.
I know I haven't posted since March, but I have news...I've had a painting accepted into the 2014 West Virginia Allied Artist's Juried Exhibition. The show will be at the Huntington Museum from June 14th to July 13th. I'm very excited to be included. The entry that was accepted is one I've posted on her of my lovely daughter Suzanna. It's call "Girl in a Blanket" originally titled "Girl in a Quilt". I think the name change my have gotten me in. I posted this back in March.
I'll be posting new paintings later this week, so come back often.