There are many blessings to painting in Northeastern NC. There is a big sky over sandy soil and vibrant water, and all of these things play with the light. There is a noble–and quirky–built environment, rich in handwork. And there are people, both resident and visiting, who value these things.
At the Cupola House benefit mentioned in the last post, I met many who are alive to the beauty of this part of the world. Many thanks to the Cupola House Association and my patrons.
And thanks, too, to those who brought me vulture quills from St. Paul’s churchyard while I was painting there.
Yesterday’s work and details of today’s event in Edenton, NC:
This oil sketch in progress is of a field in Rocky Hock, under cultivation since the late 17th century and probably before.
The event, Easels in the Gardens, extends through the town.
Both lie in Chowan County, which marks its 350th anniversary this year.
Not drubbing, but preceding.
I got to St. Paul’s churchyard in Edenton two days before the sexton does his weekly mow.
I found these vulture quills
Tonight they’ll go into the oven to stiffen up. After I cut them into shape, they’ll make things like this.
I’ll be there Friday and Saturday April 20 and 21 to benefit the historic Cupola House.
Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21, will see me at historic St. Paul’s churchyard in Edenton, NC.
I’m doing the biennial benefit, Easels in the Gardens, featuring three dozen painters, 18th- and 19th-century architecture and gardens, views of open water, a lovely jazz band, and great food. http://cupolahouse.org/easels-in-the-gardens.php
And, it’s the only regular event where I sell loose drawings right off my board.
Part of the proceeds benefit the 1758 Cupola House, a part Jacobean, part Georgian gem.
Both church yard and house are on Broad St., the main drag through town.
It’s free to visit artists and buy before Saturday’s ticketed event.
AND, if you bring a vulture quill from the churchyard, I’ll give you 10% off a loose drawing!
I am pleased to show five pieces at the 32nd annual Nansemond Suffolk Academy Art Show and Sale. I’ll be there today at 10am.
The show opens today and hangs for two weeks.
Deets here: https://visitsuffolkva.com/Calendar.aspx
And here: https://www.nsacademy.org/page/arts
What’s more, a five minute drive along Main Street is a great tour of local architecture: Federal, Greek Revival, and even a Second Empire gem.
Oil on paper. 14 x 18.
This house sits on the Broughton Hospital campus, under the water tower.
Worth a visit.