Friday, July 30, 2010

View Along Old Natchez Trace

This is a just-completed commissioned painting. It is a view of a stretch of road along the historic Old Natchez Trace in Williamson County, TN. Originally an indian trail, then a road during horse-drawn transportation days between Nashville, TN and Natchez, MS. It is now a popular route for bicyclists through scenic horsefarms. This view shows a spot along the Harpeth River where teenagers maintain a popular hangout with a ropeswing and swimming hole.

This painting measures 14x22. It is an oil, painted on stretched linen.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

St. George Island and Apalachicola FL

Our family makes a yearly pilgrimage to St.George Island, just off the historic little town of Apalachicola. We returned from this year's trip just last week. These plein air paintings are new, the horizontal (11x14) painted on part of 2 hot days just behind our house on the island and the vertical (16x12) in Apalachicola on 1 day. I further worked on the vertical painting in the studio after our return to Nashville, trying to maintain a spontaneous feel without going overboard on detail.