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Still Life Painting In Old Washington, KY

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A fun bunch of artists met in Old Washington for a day of still life painting.  The theme was musical instruments.  We had a banjo, mandolin and guitar as models.
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Betsy Adams working in pastel.


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Philip Saunders sketching with oil pastel.

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Mary-Louise Dean working in oil.
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Ruvonna Bevard painting in acrylic.

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I worked on a monotype of each instrument.  You can see a short video of the prints going through the press below:

if you don’t see the video above, follow this link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbQVUSMFOwQ

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Mountain Farm Museum

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Over the holidays, I had an opportunity to drive through the Smoky Mountains National Park.  In the Park, near Cherokee, NC, is a wonderful Mountain Farm Museum.  Visitors can walk freely through the farm, and experience what farm life was like 100 years ago.
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There is an old farm house, made from chestnut logs.
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A Sorghum mill, and root cellar.

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A Barn
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A Blacksmith’s shop
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And many other exhibits that demonstrate everyday life in a mountain farm 100 years ago.
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I was impressed how everything on the farm was directly connected to the land.  It’s interesting how in 100 years, modern life has separated us from much of the natural world.  We do not create our home, food and tools from our local environment like we used to.

Here’s a link to more information about the Mountain Farm Museum