Friday, April 13, 2012

Old Home Road

Watercolor on Fabriano paper, 14 1/8" x 21 3/8"
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Back in the spring of 2004 my wife Brenda and I traveled to North Carolina for the opening of an exhibit of my work at a gallery in Winston Salem. Brenda was born in the state, but left at age five when the family migrated west.

We decided while we were there to try to locate her childhood home near Lenoir. After some rather vague cellphone directions from her mother back in Oregon, we ended up on a winding road through a charming pastoral glen appropriately named Happy Valley. We did finally locate the house. Predictably, it seemed much smaller than Brenda remembered. Just the same, she was excited to reconnect with her earliest memories, and I enjoyed sharing the experience.

A couple of watercolors resulted from the trip, which I don't believe I've ever posted here. The setting for this one is just around the bend from her home.

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