Monday, November 10, 2008
Changes Here on the Blog
My Yard IV
oil on panel
I have neglected this blog and I apologise. I have decided to change it into a collector's blog with stories about the rural South, tips for collectors on framing, hanging paintings, archival information, choosing a collection, how to work with an artist on commissions, and various topics related to art collecting. I will also feature small paintings with a rural theme from the ranches and farms I paint on here in the South. I will post about once a week. Enjoy it and share the blog with your friends.
The above painting was done in my yard last week. My home was once part of a large farm here near Lacrosse Florida. The entire farm was owned by farmer Earnest Bethea. He grew all kinds of crops, including Broccoli, potatoes, corn, beans ,squash and other vegetables. He would take them to the packing house down the road about 7 miles to Lacrosse. There are packing houses all over this part of Florida and farms in every direction. My neighbors have beef cattle and other neighbors have horses. Living in rural Florida is wonderful for a landscape painter. There is nothing like it. I have many fond memories of the fish camps and farms I used to roam as a child. I walk my dog each day through the fields of tall grasses and can hear the neighbor's cattle lowing in the dusk of the day. Many foxes, owls,turkeys,bald eagles,other wild birds and deer live on these farms.