Rexall Drug Store

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Hemmingsen’s Rexall Drugs

Marshall, Michigan

As I traveled through the historic town of Marshall, I noticed a Rexall Drug Store that looked like it probably did many decades ago.  It was Sunday and they were closed, so I could not see the inside.  I took photos of the outside of the store. Eventually I took out my photos and started painting on the 30″ x 36″ stretched canvas.  Since I had not seen the inside, I painted the inside as I would imagine it to look like many years ago.

I later found that the store was established and locally owned since 1936.  It is still a pharmacy and also offers local delivery.  You can also have your film digitally processed with their Kodak equipment, as well as purchasing greeting cards, gifts, jewelry and candles among other items in their quaint little store, located on the main street of town.  You can see it at 132 W. Michigan Street in Marshall, MI.

Copyright Larry Johnston

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)

20″ x 24″Black Edge………. $148.82

20″ x 24″ White Edge………. $148.82

20″ x 24″ Wrapped Edge………. $148.82

 

 30″ x 36″ Black Edge ………. $204.72

30″ x 36″  White Edge………. $204.72

 

30″ x 36″ Wrapped Edge………. $204.72

 

30″ x 36″ Original painting ………. $1495.00 original painting on stretched canvas.

   

 

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J H Butterfield’s

 

Copyright Larry Johnston
                   Copyright Larry Johnston

J H Butterfields

Bar Harbor, Maine

While we had finished our southern and east coast art tour, we thought we would take a break and take a short vacation. Since we hadn’t seen the states in the New England area, we decided to take a trip to Maine.  Along the way, we took a lot of pictures, which I have painted a few of them. I struck gold in Bar Harbor, Maine when I saw J H Butterfield and the Christmas Spirit Shop on the main street of the small village.  The Christmas Spirit Shop painting was on the cover of Sunshine Artist magazine for the December issue in 1999.  The J H Butterfield store became one of my favorite paintings. You don’t see stores like this anymore.  I was fascinated by the history of the store, as it changed to making wreaths in the off season, shipping them all over the country and then catering to the locals and tourism during the peak season.

While at Prater’s Mill Festival in Dalton, Georgia, it was raining quite hard, so I left the painting in the trailer, but I had some prints at my display.  A lady from Chattanooga, TN stopped at the booth and fell in love with the print, but asked if I had the original painting.  A long story short, I made a trip to the trailer and she purchased the painting. 

The Christmas Spirit Shop painting in Bar Harbor.

 

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

 

Prints:
 
PAPER PRINTS are  23.5″ X  19.5″ and are available for $65.00, shipped in tube.
 
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)

20″ x 24″Black Edge………. $148.82

20″ x 24″ White Edge………. $148.82

20″ x 24″ Wrapped Edge………. $148.82

 

 

30″ x 36″ Black Edge ………. $204.72

30″ x 36″  White Edge………. $204.72

30″ x 36″ Wrapped Edge………. $204.72

 

 

30″ X 36″ original painting on stretched canvas not available.

 

   

Stone Mountain Grist Mill-Summer

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Stone Mountain Grist Mill (Summer)

Stone Mountain, Georgia

As an artist, I am always looking at things differently than most.  I have painted several nostalgic businesses around the country, many of them commissioned. This painting is one of my favorites, as it was one of my first attempts at Acrylic painting, after previously working in oil paints.

I hadn’t yet refined my detail, but it convinced me to continue painting in acrylics. I never sold this 24″x30″ canvas painting, as it hangs in my son’s living room, framed in barn wood. This was also the largest painting I had done up until then, which was in 1976.

The old mill is located within the Stone Mountain Park, east of Atlanta, Georgia.  Home of the Yellow Daisy Festival, one of the top Arts & Crafts Festivals in the country.  It was one of my favorite shows where I exhibited for several years. 

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)

20″ x 24″Black Edge………. $148.82

20″ x 24″ White Edge………. $148.82

20″ x 24″ Wrapped Edge………. $148.82

 

 

30″ x 36″ Black Edge ………. $204.72

30″ x 36″  White Edge………. $204.72

30″ x 36″ Wrapped Edge………. $204.72

 

30″ X 36″ original painting on stretched canvas not available.

 

McDonald’s

Copyright Larry Johnston

McDonald’s

Mishawaka, Indiana.

It was the 1950’s, when Neon, Milk Shakes and cool cars came on the scene.  In the midst of it all, we had heard of a new restaurant that had burgers, fries and shakes.  You couldn’t go inside to eat and they didn’t have car hops that brought it out to your car.  The way it worked was, you walked up to the window on the outside of the building and ordered your food, they prepared it, put it in a bag and you either sat in your car or took it home to eat. They called it “Fast Food”. The even had a sign that told you how many hamburgers they had sold nationwide.

These places started in Chicago and were popping up in other states.  In January of 1959, the first local McDonald’s opened just one block from the dividing line between South Bend and Mishawaka, Indiana, on Lincolnway West on the Mishawaka side.

As I was traveling and painting for Art Shows, the pubic was excited about my diner and restaurant pictures. Since I did several shows in this area, and was raised in South Bend, I decided to include McDonald’s, as it would have looked, when it first opened here.

While on the road in in Louisville Kentucky, at St. James Court, one of the top shows in the country, we were approached by a family, whos’ father had just retired and sold his collection of a large number of McDonald’s restaurants he had built up, during his restaurant years.  The children wanted to pool their money and buy him the painting as a retirement gift.

The McDonald’s painting was my first experience with Classic Cars and Neon, which became a popular theme in later paintings.

 

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)

20″ x 24″Black Edge………. $148.82

20″ x 24″ White Edge………. $148.82

20″ x 24″ Wrapped Edge………. $148.82

 

 

30″ x 36″ Black Edge ………. $204.72

30″ x 36″  White Edge………. $204.72

30″ x 36″ Wrapped Edge………. $204.72

 

 

30″ X 36″ original painting on stretched canvas not available.

Rose lawn-Sam Jones Home

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Rose lawn

Home of Evangelist Sam Jones

Cartersville, Georgia

While living in Cartersville, GA, I exhibited at the Roselawn Art festival, which was held on the property of the home called, “Roselawn”.  It was the home of Samuel Porter Jones, (1847 – 1906), who was a Methodist Evangelist, during the turn of the century.

The home was originally a one-story building, which was raised. They added a third floor and a basement, which is what you see today.  In 1973, the home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and was the home to the local Historical Society.  It is located at 244 W. Cherokee Avenue, Cartersville, Georgia 30120.

During my second year at the Festival, I had finished the painting the night before, which would have been in 1984.

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

I painted several Cartersville places, and some really close by, here are the links…

Cartersville Depot

Ross Diner

Roselawn, Sam Jones Home

Euharlee Covered Bridge

Euharlee Covered Bridge in the Spring

Valley View

Tilley Park

Tilley Trolley

4 Way

 

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)

20″ x 24″Black Edge………. $148.82

20″ x 24″ White Edge………. $148.82

20″ x 24″ Wrapped Edge………. $148.82

 

 

30″ x 36″ Black Edge ………. $204.72

30″ x 36″  White Edge………. $204.72

30″ x 36″ Wrapped Edge………. $204.72

 

 

30″ X 36″ original painting on stretched canvas not available.

 

Christmas Spirit Shop

Copyright Larry Johnston
Copyright Larry Johnston

Christmas Spirit Shop

Bar Harbor, Maine

As an artist, I am always looking at things differently than most.  I have painted several nostalgic businesses around the country, many of them commissioned. The Christmas Spirit Shop was located, downtown Bar Harbor, Maine and was used for a Christmas theme that I created in 1998 and was used for the cover of Sunshine Artist magazine in their December 1999 issue. The original painting (24″x36″) was sold at the State Street Art Fair in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Copyright by Larry Johnston

                                   Photo by 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)

20″ x 24″Black Edge………. $148.82

20″ x 24″ White Edge………. $148.82

20″ x 24″ Wrapped Edge………. $148.82

 

 

30″ x 36″ Black Edge ………. $204.72

30″ x 36″  White Edge………. $204.72

30″ x 36″ Wrapped Edge………. $204.72

 

30″ X 36″ original painting on stretched canvas not available.