The painting on my easel is currently a local landmark located just beyond Lake Bowen Spartanburg, SC I painted a small “thumbnail” version of this a few yars ago and now I’m tackling this 24″ x 36″.
My overhead bank of natural lights create a faux skylight so I wear the visor to block out the glare. A painting this size so of “takes me in” and I feel like I’m right on the side of the road on Highway 11. This is beautiful country! In high school we’d cruise out 11 and feel like we were in another world.
When I moved back to Spartanburg after being away for 30 years I was shocked to discover the Boiling Springs area (just down the street from this gas station) had turned into a megatropolis! Gone are the farms and acres and acres of peach fields. I was completely disoriented.
Part of my goal for 2011 is to get out and create plein air paintings to bring back to my studio to paint larger paintings of the many “roadside attractions” that are in danger of disappearing.
Happy drawing & painting!