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Scottsville's Smaller Shops

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A small town nearby is Scottsville, it was the main avenue to Richmond via longboat in the days of Jefferson. The place is struggling to survive now a days with a advent of superhighways and fast moving cars. People drive right through the place and cars seldom stop into the businesses located in that small town. Its only twenty miles south of Charlottesville on Rt 20. The town possesses a literary coffee shop, an Italian restaurant and other businesses of interest to a visitor from the outter reaches of the Universe. I liked this little image I put into paint of the hodgepodge of small stores located near the city hall (the last building on the right hand side). Its really a charming town.

RxR Warehouse 'n Shipman

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This building that was used as a railroad warehouse intrigued me as an interest of color, shape and form within an artistic vocabulary of paint. I saw it as a simple contrast of sky-blue, brick-red and forage green put together in the composition of the canvas. I used a heavy paint application with drawing by the brush. The result is something I think I could revisit and perhaps remake with a larger canvas. This one is merely 14" by 22". It's a small study. Its next to a railroad crossing in Shipman. I can see where it was mostly used as a holding warehouse by the farming community around this small community in days gone by.

Another Old Shipman Home

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Also in Shipman Va. there are some older homes that have collapsed due to age and weatherization of the with which they are built. There was this one which I used as a subject for this canvas that had the railroad track right next to it. I painted it with homes of bringing some life back into it. Its color was such that the only remaining colors where a bleached wood with some indigo blue and a black/brown combination. So I played with it and this was the result. I am thankful it was still standing because it seems to be on its way out.

Shipman Va. (a large oil painting)

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There is a small town ten or eleven miles south of where I live that I go through on my way to Lovingston. Its a small railroad crossing town called Shipman. There is a post office and a old livery shop and some homes. There are also some old Railroad Warehouse buildings that still remain but are unused at the present time. The other buildings are kept up well yet some are falling into the ground debilitated and crumbling. These were no doubt signs of a loftier times when the railroad was depended upon to a greater extent. I chose to paint the remaining ones that have been kept in better shape. The highway is used by many people, its just that most simply pass threw rather than stop for business.

"Excel Station on Salem Rd" an oil

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The county-side near Schuyler has a lot of history embedded in it. A gas station at the end of a road for example is over grown and out of commission as far as being a place of potential business. It does stand out from its surroundings with its red and white signage plus the still standing building with its full color. It actually looked like someone had gone to the trouble of painting it recently yet it still is uninhabited by any visible owner. Yet it stands colorful and proud alone in the woods. It as a major undertaking to paint, yet it reveled itself to be worthy of my effort with brush and palette. The color worked well using cool colors for the shadows. Under the overhang covering over the pumps and the doorway area I used warm colors (reds and oranges and greens) for the reflected light of the earth under the roof. I used sunthicken oil for the sky working it over a couple of times to get the richness of the contrast between clouds and skyblue. Overall it …

"Mudhouse": Crozet's version

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The Crozet's version of the Mudhouse caught my eye as a well balanced calm building. I liked how their iconic color choices blend so well with the brickwork of the Crozet coffeehouse. Every time I've been in the Crozet area and have seen the building I've set my mind to come back and paint it. Now, I finally got it together enough to do a canvas of it. It fits my style of work very very well, I sized it up, got into working the colors and wouldn't you know I came out with this painting of "the Crozets' Mudhouse" Its of a moderate size canvas and the drawing of the Mudhouse fit the canvas size well enough that I felt good with the first rendering of it with brown umber. I took more time in blending the colors I wanted, I was much more selective about it that I normally have been and I think I ought to continue on this way of blending the paint on a fresh paper pallet rather than working it from my loaded one. The loaded pallet is good f…

The making of the painting "The Fife House"

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Here is an example of how I start off a painting with a drawing in burnt umber using a brush to draw it in with, then I go over it with the colors I want to use. This particular one is of a former mayor's house in a wooded area of the city not far from the University grounds and Hospital. The family of the Fife's is to whom I write about, they both (husband and wife) became Mayors of Charlottesville some time before I arrived here. There house was designed and built with the same labors' who built Monticello they just came into town and hired out their talents for private contracts to whomever would employ them. The Fife family did so and this house which still stands today inside a wooded lot on Cherry Ave and 10th Street. I lived for years in the area of it and never even knew it existed until lately due to the woods that surround it. But here you can see how I work in a brown to figure out what belongs where and then once I get it all 'sized in' a…