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Barn with Rusted Red Roof

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This barn was rusting out from the top down, so it was very colorful to paint. My canvas called out to have some fun with it, so I did: the result is a small painting that changes tone from one side to the other.   True I did have trouble photographing it but still you can still see the warm browns and deep black/blues on the right side transversing over to cold white/greens and blacks on the other side...way weird eh!

"KIdd's Store: #3"

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I've had troubles getting the lowdown view of this isolated country store w gas and sandwiches to go, the first two paintings were just down the tubes as far as visual interest. This one is better. I took in the outter view of cushion value of distancing around the store itself, and I think I won with a better feel to this scene. The station is buffeted by some space around it and distance too. Its a little better to view when there is some breathing room around it and not jammed into a small canvas space. I like the cars a little better in this one as well as leaving some visual detect-ability of the painting methods I used in creating this version of "Kidd's Store (#3)". Hope your entertained with its intensity and spacial relief.

"Specked Egg" Barn

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This is from a barn on Route 6 in Louisa County Virginia, its another oil using Stand oil as a medium. The stand oil is much thicker than regular linseed oil, much like the thickness of honey. It is linseed oil only the liquid has been taken out and what remains is a nice oil to paint with, it has a much better shine and luster once its used on the canvas w paints. The barn painted here is one old barn. I didn't get to talk to anyone about its history but one can notice its age when looking at the photo of it. Its been thrown together from older slates of wood, most likely from another free standing barn just reused on this one. It was repainted but one can see that some of the paint must have just flaked off. Its kind of a 'specked egg' arrangement but it keeps the outdoors "out" and the indoors "in"....with country living its the function that's important not the appearance.

Esmont: Construction Gutted Open for View

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While driving on my routine trip into the city, I saw a home in Esmont that was half open, half of it was exposed to the elements. I was taken. I've been interested in showing the "in's' and out's" of country homes. Well there is was sitting among other homes like it. The difference being it was half gutted and open sided to view. I immediately wanted to take a photo and paint it, but I thought better of it and just let it simmer. About a month later I was snapping photos in its backyard. It was an enjoyable subject to paint.

Kidd's Store, Va. : an oil

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There is a road I often take to get to the Lake Monticello area where my doctor has his office, and along the way is this store. Its "Kidd's Store", a spot along the way in the middle of nowhere its sits quietly. I stopped and took a look inside. There I found it stocked with a few typical snack items and a small counter that served small sandwiches and other items. There is one person behind the counter and that's it. No gas pumps but it did have an air machine as you can see in the painting. It might not have been much but it was something, and the only stop for miles around, so it was a welcome storefront. People know of it around here, it even has its name on the local TV station's weather map, so its got to be somewhat well known.

My Beginnings ; A Piece Named "Cartoon Collection"

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I started out by painting in this style now dubbed 'toonistic art' or 'lowbrow art' either way it was a way I began painting. It was formed after being brought up reading the 'funnies' every Sunday morning after Church on the floor of our living room. With the large paper spread out across the rug I slowly engulfed the funny papers one artists work at a time. To me they were a wonderful feat of both ideas and drawing and coloration of those caricature drawings. It was my weekly dose of art that came right to our house. Wonderful! When I began working in oils at the Academy this was the style I wanted to emulate and otherwise saw as a valid artform. My teachers were divided on this issue I later found out. Whether or not it was an accepted form of art, they later gave me an Honorable Mention Cresson Award.

A Barn on Rt 6 (another look)

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So I reworked that last subject which was that old country barn off of Rt. 6 and I got a completely different painting out of it. I took a head on view of it and worked with the perspective of the receding post holding up the right side of it. That gave me time to work on the sunlight upon the post holding the roof up. I began doing those posts with a simple brown and bear canvas cartoon. When I returned to that area I decided to make a color change to include a deep dark red mixed with some burnt umber which contrasted well with my Hansa Yellow w Flake White and light ocher sunlight side of those posts. It made for a welcoming effect but there was one troublesome moment of reality. That was how the right side of the painting was so warm with all that effect from the yellow and reds that the left side was very cold. It was something that I saw as a feature the viewer would have to forgive, I had the thought that it might be forgiven as simply the ch…