When our girls were small, I used to tell them that this large brick Victorian home in St. Albans, WV was owned by a witch. They would try to look into the windows as we drove by. I've painted this house several times. This is from a photo reference last fall.
So, my sister Cathy likes to explore abandon houses she stumbles upon. She discovered this gem earlier in the year and finally convinced my brother and I to go exploring. This house had been empty for quite some time and probably wasn't the safest place to look around in. For some reason I really connected with the look of this property and managed to shoot a lot of images for upcoming paintings. I really like the dark and light shapes in this composition. It has a nice abstract form to it. My Appalachia Gothic piece was also from the same location.
A neighbor that lives across the street from this home came over and gave us a history of the family that onced lived there. There's a family cemetery in the woods behind the home. Very rural West Virginia.
This will also be in my upcoming show in September.
Our family spends a week in Canaan Valley, WV each summer. In addition to hiking, biking, etc., we do a lot of fishing in some of the small lakes. When we stay at our friend Tom Barton's cabin, visit please, we like to gather bait from the small mountain streams in the area. Minnows, crayfish (or crawdads), worms are everywhere to be had. These are my girls and some old man (me), collecting bait.
PS: This painting will be in my September 17th show at the Art Emporium in Charleston, WV.