Sunday, July 29, 2007

Colors at the Crossing ---- SOLD

8" x 10" oil on stretched canvas - painted en plein air (with a few tweaks in the studio but within the definition of plein air) - $120 including shipping - SOLD, THANK YOU !

Painting structures in the studio with the help of a T-square, plotted vanishing points, etc usually doesn't pose a problem. However, I'm trying to stretch my painting abilities by painting these structures free hand and en plein air - winging it.

This painting features the historic buildings around the Tunnel Hill, GA, railroad crossing (hidden to the left). On the left in the forefront is the Tunnel Hill Historical Center. Then behind it (L to R) are the Tunnel Hill Church of Christ and the depot (made famous during the Great Locomotive Chase during the Civil War). The orange building was originally Griffin's Sundries - Toppie made the best hamburgers in the state and was always there with her Southern lady charm. The red building was the Tunnel Hill Baptist Mission, but in later years housed Playhouse 64 and featured well known country singers in concert. The two buildings to the right are small factories.

You might not have noticed, but I left out power lines which are such a distraction to the charm of this beautiful spot in NW Georgia. I love it here!
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Ron Morrison said...

Beeyutiful, do you find old things when you dig?

bj said...

Sure. There are lots of old things to find in Tunnel Hill. You'd think that after all these years everything would be gone. But after a hard rain people still find old relics, coins, mini-balls, etc.

wanda knight said...

This looks like quite a challenge - all those buildings. You did a good job on this. I love the sky color against the dark geen trees.

bj said...

Thanks Wanda! The sky color was the first color I mixed - kind of pinky/bluey which turned out lilac. The trees were still wet from the night's rain so the green was even darker than usual. I just took a deep breath and sketched the rooflines of the buildings, adjusting somewhat along the way. It was a challenge, but I love this little community and its quirky buildings. :o)