Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Hole in the Wall

 Journal Entry - Watercolor 8"x8"

     Recently I had the pleasure of attending an old school, "Hole In The Wall" party... What a hoot! What a much-needed uplift! Great band, lots of wonderful food, traditional seafood and chicken buffet, and alternative fare including thick sliced bologna and cheese, white bread, pickled eggs, pickled pig feet, old time red link sausage, Moon Pies, Honey Buns, NEHI Orange and Grape sodas, small Cokes and Pepsi's (no diet, please). Folks who came were all ages, but mostly in their 60's and 70's, some older, fewer younger. They showed up in stretch pants, tight jeans, dashikis, jumpsuits, big afro wigs, wheel chairs, walkers, canes and of course, High Heel Sneakers. "Security" guys in black T-shirts handled the awarding of door prizes, through random drawing, to at least 30 people - quart mason jars of (legit) Moonshine. There was even a Soul Train line. I thought I saw a James Brown cape on someone's shoulders on the dance floor. Dancing got so heavy at one point that one lady passed around the BenGay to those in need. There was a posthumous appearance by "Prince", who led a rousing rendition of "Purple Rain", complete with dimmed house lights and purple glow sticks waving throughout the audience. Everyone left there at 10:00 when the lights turned on - GRINNING.
If you want to comment here, USE NO NAMES, please... it was that kind of party."

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Botany Bay Beach

 Watercolor - 18" x 14"

"Go straight to the beach," the greeter tells a visitor at the Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area gate.  "It won’t be there in an hour. "  Botany Bay’s boneyard beach of dead trees is a focal point for visitors on Edisto Island. This once-thriving 
maritime forest is disappearing into the surf from the forces of erosion.

  This piece is presently on exhibit at the Edisto Island Historic Preservation Museum.
Hours through October are Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 - 5:00

Monday, September 12, 2016

Seafood Market

Watercolor - 16" x 12"
     A few weeks ago Frank and I stepped into quaint and tiny Flowers Seafood Co. on Edisto Island, SC.  We have driven past it for years, and I had been meaning to check them out for a long time.  I photographed the exterior before we entered, gathering reference material for this painting.  Then we went in and I bought 3 lbs of fresh local shrimp and a pound of fresh scallops. (The scallops are long gone now, having met their fate while wrapped in bacon for dinner one recent evening.  Scrumptious!) 
     This piece is now on display, along with 13 others of my work,  at the Edisto Island Historical Museum,  8123 Chisolm Plantation Road, Edisto Island, SC, just off the main thoroughfare, Highway 174.  Look for the brown Edisto Island Historical Museum sign on the right, as you're driving towards Edisto Beach.