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@ Christina I love the wrens! I keep hoping that they'll move into the forgotten little bird house I have outside our kitchen window. A couple checked it out but for some reason they haven't moved in. You can send some to our house if you want. :)
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I finally got time to post up this painting I completed a couple months ago. My latest artwork is called ‘Running Out of Ideas’. I was in a state of mind where I couldn’t think of anything to paint. While I was waiting for that ‘bulb’ to light up, upon thinking of a great idea, I thought maybe my ‘bulb’ is broke, which led to this conceptual, surrealist painting which conveys the irony of that idea.
Bridges General Store �Bridges Ohio
this image isn't Elmer's Store, but it is very typical of the type that was located all over the Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana country side from 1800's on up to 1950's.
When I first saw the General Store at Bridges I was thrilled, he had glass counter fronts with shelves in behind that went all the way to the ceiling. He carried everything a kid or family could want and more.
We moved up to Bridges in the summer of 1952, I was riding on top of a load of our furniture on Grandpa�s big red International flatbed truck, which is what we used to move with. At about 8 years old everything was new to me and very exciting; I just don�t know how much use I was in lending a helping hand.
That�s where I got my first Nesbitt�s Grape Soda, that along with the bologna sandwiches which tasted better than anything I had had yet.
Elmer Leaverton was a kind and gentle old man and always happy to see you. He had a gas pump and sold kerosene and all types of groceries. As I grew up into my teen years and driving a car, gas was about 23 cents per gallon. I know because my first car was an old 51 Chrysler and it took one gallon of gas and one quart of oil to go into Leesburg and back, It was ten years old at that time.
All the farmers would gather at the store in the late fall and winter months after most of the work on the farms were finished. Elmer had an old pot belly stove and Dane my brother and I would sneak down to the store and sit around the stove and spit, trying to act big enough to get into the conversation. I always especially liked it at Christmas time; Elmer would buy candy by the big amounts and sell it to Mom for Christmas in little brown Pokes, man that was the best candy you ever ate. She always bought 8 or 10 bags at a time so we really had a good variety. Elmer�s store was several miles out into the country, but back then there were little stores like this all over the country.
I guess that�s why I like taking photos of them they all bring back fond memories of good times long gone, but as they say never forgotten. Sadly I don�t have a picture of Elmer�s store, sure wish I did.
Elmer had one of those high porches you had to climb to get into the store that were built a lot back in those days what with so many creeks close by. Bridges was so named because you couldn�t get to it without crossing a bridge, of which there were four at the time.
I�m sadly told the Columbus Dispatch came down to Elmer�s back in the 70�s and did an interview on one of the last old fashioned stores still operating in Ohio , and a few weeks later some thugs came in and murdered Elmer and burned the store. The Leaverton family has a cemetery named after them just up the road, they were a large family and well respected in the community.
Conor, a good idea for breaking the mental roadblock to creativity. Maybe you haven't thought of this, try your idea on a CFL bulb, but don't break it yourself, it contains HAZMAT and can be dangerous to your health. Search Google for broken CFL bulbs to garner ideas for the sketch.
A truly motivating video about Denis Smith’s inspirational series called ‘Ball of Light’. His photographs use a form of light painting which have helped push the ever expanding boundaries of photography.
This black and white photograph was taking during rush hour on The Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris. You can see the Arc de Triomphe behind the busy flow of traffic.trans New Artwork: Rush Hour in Paris
A commissioned pencil drawing of a Golden Labrador called Phoebe, for my friend Olivia as her Christmas gift for her Father. I used a photograph of the dog and faded the background out in a circular fade, making the dogs face and expression the focal point of the drawing.
Stephen Wilkes is one of many artists that are inspiring my current work at University. This video gives you an insight into his practice and the process involved to create the magnificent photographs of his Day to Night Series.
A surreal dreamlike scene of a tree flourishing on a floating island. The Nature of Dreams reflects both the mysterious architecture of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations that occur subconsciously in the mind while sleeping, and a Utopian world where nature is free from mankind’s destruction.
The artwork was made from a series of photographs that were digitally edited and blended together with Photoshop.