Esmont and the Bank
There are places both on the map and sort of forgotten about and off the map of frequent travelers. The town of Esmont is one such place, it's just off a main east/west highway in Central Virginia. It had it's hayday from what I've learned mostly during the time of the roaring Twenty's and such...I think most of these place benefited mostly from the mining going on in the nearby town of Schulyer. Now the mining is limited and the town of Esmont has but a few families living in it's homes. The most noteworthy building I found to be the old bank building which was nice deep red from the brick used in it's construction. It's the only brick building in the town that I could find, but it's a nice three story building with some nice features to it with the name "Esmont Bank" still built into it's brickwork above the main doorway. With the sun out and mild temps I headed over to the quite town. I set up and painted for about three hours or so. One by one cars would drive by, I estimate maybe by the frequency of three in an hours time. The only time one stopped was to ask directions on how to get out of town. I suppose that's pretty normal for old Esmont. The painting is the result of spending a little time on a sunny day in Esmont, Va. Here's to them!