The Briles House is an older home of one of the movers and shakers of High Point NC from a period when they had large homes right on Main Street just outside of the bustling downtown area, i.e just after the turn of the 20th century. It now houses the Junior League. One of my wife's favorites -- the house, not the Jr. League. Staying loose, I'm fairly happy with the house itself. The tree and sky are a different matter entirely.
Another one for this month's Virtual Paintout. That's four so far and they only accept three per month. I'm just doing them for the fun and practice now. I really like this one. I might actually be getting somewhere with landscapes.
This one is painted from a photo I shot at the Banner Elk Winery here in North Carolina several years ago, so long ago, in fact, that it was shot on film. I shot several photos while we were there with an eye toward painting them later. This is the first -- and will probably be the only -- one I've actually painted. I hit it loose and more suggestively. I'm trying to move away from being a camera myself - at least sometimes.
An old farm in Guilford County, NC slowly being surrounded and crowded by development and modernity. It faces a medical and office complex that's less than five years old just across the road. Fifty yards to the right of this view is a busy four-lane highway. Thousands of people rush by every day never knowing the peace and simplicity that's just out of sight.
Virtual Paintout is in County Kerry, Ireland this month -- just as I've begun studying James Fletcher-Watson's landscapes. Is that synchronicity - or something? Normally, I struggle to find one image that really speaks to me in VP's locations. This month I found so many I had to stop myself. I've had to whittle down from 12, and I'll probably do more than these two. Anyway, this (above) is the beach at Coumenoole on the Dingle Peninsula. The one below is the Rattoo Round Tower. I found several good views of this gem and probably will do one or two more.