Wicker’s End

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

“Wicker’s End”

Pine Mountain, Georgia

I previously mentioned an old farm house in the area of Pine Mountain, Georgia that had been turned into a so called antique shop.  Most of everything was old, but not very collectible.  This chair was sitting on the back porch of that old house.  I’m sure that old wicker chair overheard a lot of interesting stories in it’s time, but as the weather and age of the chair overwhelmed its usefulness, it has come to its end.  Thus, the name “Wicker’s End”.  Other paintings that were done, because of that old store, were “The Corner Shelf“, “The Lantern” and the “Milk Can“.  This painting has always been one of my favorites.

Wood & Swink Post Office

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Wood & Swink Post Office

Evinston, Florida.

In 1884, the Florida Southern Railroad went through what is now Evinston, where a General Store and Post Office were built. In 1909 H.D. Wood and Robert Evins bought the store.  Fred Wood became the Postmaster in 1934 and served in that capacity for 44 years, longer than any other Postmaster in the State of Florida.

The Store and Post Office are on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is one of the few Country Store-Post Offices remaining today.

The painting was done for several shows where I participated, in North Central Florida, two of which were in Gainesville.  I had taken pictures of the horse drawn mail wagon from the Greenfield Village Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.  I included it in the design of the painting.

Prints:
 
ALL PRINTS are printed on canvas and stretched on wooden stretcher bars and prices vary according to size ordered. Most are 2:3 proportion
 
Options:
 
wrapped print- part of the image is wrapped
around the sides of the wood.
 
 
Non-wrapped print- The full image is on the face, with white or black edges
 
 
(frames and hardware are not included)

11″ x 14″Black Edge………. $148.82

11″ x 14″ White Edge………. $148.82

11″ x 14″ Wrapped Edge………. $148.82

 

 

16″ x 20″ Black Edge ………. $204.72

16″ x 20″  White Edge………. $204.72

16″ x 20″ Wrapped Edge………. $204.72

 

 

16″ x 20″ ………. $375.00 original painting on stretched canvas not available.

 

Chair

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston
Prints:
ALL PRINTS are printed on canvas and stretched on wooden stretcher bars and prices vary according to size ordered. Most are 2:3 proportion
Options:
wrapped print- part of the image is wrapped
around the sides of the wood.
Non-wrapped print- The full image is on the face, with white or black edges
(frames and hardware are not included)
11″ x 14″Black Edge………. $148.82
11″ x 14″ White Edge………. $148.82
11″ x 14″ Wrapped Edge………. $148.82
  16″ x 20″ Black Edge ………. $204.72
16″ x 20″  White Edge………. $204.72
16″ x 20″ Wrapped Edge………. $204.72
  16″ x 20″ ………. $375.00 original painting on stretched canvas not available.  

Bonnie Doon, 4th Street, 1950’s

 

Copyright Larry Johnston

Bonnie Doon Drive-in, 1950s

Mishawaka, IN

Bonnie Doon had 5 Drive-in ice cream restaurants in the area. This was the original store where all the ice cream was made and sent to the others. It had a drive-in area as well as inside seating. I painted it to reflect the 1950s era. The ice cream became so popular that the grocery stores in the area were carrying their packaged flavors. I personally loved their banana splits and shakes. Here the other Bonnie Doon paintings I have painted: Bonnie Doon, US-31 North, South Bend;    Bonnie Doon, S. Michigan St., South Bend;    Bonnie Doon on Lincolnway West in Mishawaka:    Bonnie Doon in the 1940s on 4th St in Mishawaka.

Prints:
 
ALL PRINTS are printed on canvas and stretched on wooden stretcher bars and prices vary according to size ordered. Most are 2:3 proportion
 
Options:
 
wrapped print- part of the image is wrapped
around the sides of the wood.
 
 
Non-wrapped print- The full image is on the face, with white or black edges
 
 
(frames and hardware are not included)

11″ x 14″Black Edge………. $148.82

11″ x 14″ White Edge………. $148.82
11″ x 14″ Wrapped Edge………. $148.82
 

16″ x 20″ Black Edge ………. $204.72

16″ x 20″  White Edge………. $204.72

16″ x 20″ Wrapped Edge………. $204.72

 

16″ x 20″ ………. $375.00 original painting on stretched canvas not available.  

 

Gresham’s Grist Mill

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Gresham’s Mill

Also known as Sixes Road Mill,

Canton, Georgia

Sixes Mill, was one of the earliest settlements in north Georgia.  Located in the Georgia Gold Belt, which runs along the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, prospectors originally built the mill around 1820.  The mill survived the Civil War and was reconstructed between 1878 and 1880. The mill sits along Sixes Road about 3 miles west of Holly Springs, Georgia.

Since I had done several Art Shows and Festivals in the north Georgia area, including Acworth, Cartersville, Cummings, Marietta and surrounding the Atlanta area, I had several requests of prints of the mill.  It became part of my Grist Mill print set, which included Stone Mountain Mill, GA Summer, Stone Mountain Mill, GA   Spring,   Starr’s Mill,  Sixes Mill, from GA and Pigeon Forge Mill in Tennessee.

Grist Mills have always had a special interest to me, they are fascinating, and brilliant planning for the water to do the hard work!  Here are some grist mills around the Country that I have painted,

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Gresham’s Grist Mill

Stone Mountain Grist Mill-Summer

Stone Mountain Grist Mill-Spring

Pigeon Forge Grist Mill

Prater’s Mill

Starr’s Mill

Prints:
 
ALL PRINTS are printed on canvas and stretched on wooden stretcher bars and prices vary according to size ordered. Most are 2:3 proportion
 
Options:
 
wrapped print- part of the image is wrapped
around the sides of the wood.
 
 
Non-wrapped print- The full image is on the face, with white or black edges
 
 
(frames and hardware are not included)

11″ x 14″Black Edge………. $148.82

11″ x 14″ White Edge………. $148.82
11″ x 14″ Wrapped Edge………. $148.82
 

16″ x 20″ Black Edge ………. $204.72

16″ x 20″  White Edge………. $204.72
16″ x 20″ Wrapped Edge………. $204.72
16″ x 20″ ………. $375.00 original painting on stretched canvas not available.  

Pure Oil Gas Pump

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Pure Oil Gas Pumps

The Whistle Stop Café

Juliette, Georgia

The Movie “Fried Green Tomatoes” became a classic and was filmed during a time when I lived in Georgia. I’m showing you the painting I did of the Whistle Stop Cafe, in Juliette, Georgia, the location where the movie, “Fried Green Tomatoes” was filmed. You can see the painting at the Café’.

The painting is acrylic on stretched canvas.  The owner of the restaurant purchased the panting and then had me paint another one without the gas pumps. The Pure Oil pumps were movie props and went back to the movie lot, when the film was completed. If you visit the Whistle stop cafe, you get fried green tomatoes with every meal.  They’re pretty good too. I painted four paintings related to the movies, then put prints of them in a frame as a set of 4 matted and framed prints. The print sets were very popular, especially in the Atlanta area. One of my favorite shows was just east of Atlanta at Stone Mountain, called the “Yellow Daisy Festival”. It ranked in the top for shows in the country and several times #1.

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Gas Pumps are pretty popular! Here are the ones I have painted so far…

Exxon Gas Pump

Texaco Gas Pump

Texaco Gas Pump

Texaco Gas Pump

Texaco Gas Pump

Texaco Gas Pump

Shell Gas Pump

Gulf Gas Pump

Marathon Gas Pump

Mobile Gas Pump

Sinclair Gas Pump

Pure Gas Pump

 

Tilley’s Trolley

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Tilley’s Trolley

Cartersville, Georgia

In 1983, Evelyn and I moved to Georgia from California.  While exhibiting at several art festivals in our new environment, I had a request for a painting of a covered bridge in Bartow County, GA.  On our way to the bridge, we passed through Cartersville and saw, what looked like a permanent carnival, with a Ferris Wheel, Merry-Go-Round, a ride with swings and a refreshment stand.

Several weeks later, I stopped and took some photos.  One of the paintings was of the trolley, with the Ferris Wheel.  The man who owned the rides, was names Tilley, so it became Tilley Park, where he offered the park to organizations to use for fund-raising.

We ended up buying a home in that little town, where we lived for several years.  The cameras back then were not as sharp, so I only was able to show this one photo of the painting.  The Tilley family now owns two of the paintings that I did of their park, which is no longer there. Here is a link to the other painting. Tilley Park Painting.

Prints:
 
ALL PRINTS are printed on canvas and stretched on wooden stretcher bars and prices vary according to size ordered. Most are 2:3 proportion
 
Options:
 
wrapped print- part of the image is wrapped
around the sides of the wood.
 
 
Non-wrapped print- The full image is on the face, with white or black edges
 
 
(frames and hardware are not included)

11″ x 14″Black Edge………. $148.82

11″ x 14″ White Edge………. $148.82

11″ x 14″ Wrapped Edge………. $148.82

 

 

16″ x 20″ Black Edge ………. $204.72

16″ x 20″  White Edge………. $204.72

16″ x 20″ Wrapped Edge………. $204.72

 

16″ x 20″ ………. $375.00 original painting on stretched canvas not available.  

 

“The Train”

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

“The Train”

Thurmond, West Virginia

The mountains of Vest Virginia are beautiful, so while in the area, we went picture-taking and ended up in Thurmond, West Virginia.  It was a Coal Town, but I was told it had no roads at one time.  You had to travel by train to get there.  I took many photos of the area and later painted “The Train”.  I made sure to show the low clouds in the mountains along with the beautiful fall colors. In my photos, there was an old oil tanker car sitting on the tracks, so I turned it into an old steam train.

Thurmond was used in a movie in 1987, called “Matewan” about a 1920’s coal mining town, dramatizing “The Battle of the Matewan Coal Strike in 1920”.  It included Actor James Earl Jones.

Thurmond is located, in the New River Gorge.  The 2010 Census shows the town is made up of a total population of 5 people.  There’s not much Real Estate action around there.  The whole town is on the Historic Register.

 
Prints:
 
ALL PRINTS are printed on canvas and stretched on wooden stretcher bars and prices vary according to size ordered. Most are 2:3 proportion
 
Options:
 
wrapped print- part of the image is wrapped
around the sides of the wood.
 
 
Non-wrapped print- The full image is on the face, with white or black edges
 
 
(frames and hardware are not included)

11″ x 14″Black Edge………. $148.82

11″ x 14″ White Edge………. $148.82

11″ x 14″ Wrapped Edge………. $148.82

 

 

16″ x 20″ Black Edge ………. $204.72

16″ x 20″  White Edge………. $204.72

16″ x 20″ Wrapped Edge………. $204.72

 

16″ x 20″ ………. $375.00 original painting on stretched canvas not available.  

 

Broken Swing

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

“The Broken Swing”

Although I spent many years traveling around the country with my work and painting many landmarks that only the locals would appreciate, I also did several local Indiana shows. One of them, being Amish Acres, in Nappanee, Indiana.  I exhibited there 30 times since 1976, receiving many awards and watching the festival grow from the apple orchard, (When I started) to the huge festival it has become today.  I did several paintings from this area.

One of them was Weldy School, an Amish School that was located just west of the town.  I was also fascinated in the school yard with the playground equipment they had. I painted the old brick school building, since then been demolished and replaced with a new school.  They had a hand water pump outside the school which I also painted.

The broken swing gained plenty of interest as it tells a subtle story, with the stubby yellow pencil nestled in the grass and the swing hanging by just one chain.

 

 
Prints:
 
ALL PRINTS are printed on canvas and stretched on wooden stretcher bars and prices vary according to size ordered. Most are 2:3 proportion
 
Options:
 
wrapped print- part of the image is wrapped
around the sides of the wood.
 
 
Non-wrapped print- The full image is on the face, with white or black edges
 
 
(frames and hardware are not included)

11″ x 14″Black Edge………. $148.82

11″ x 14″ White Edge………. $148.82

11″ x 14″ Wrapped Edge………. $148.82

 

 

16″ x 20″ Black Edge ………. $204.72

16″ x 20″  White Edge………. $204.72

16″ x 20″ Wrapped Edge………. $204.72

 

16″ x 20″ ………. $375.00 original painting on stretched canvas not available.