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Signs! Signs! And More Signs

Signs are a definite favorite with myself and other photographers. Some are vintage, retro, or just retro looking. Billboards, neon, painted on buildings, I don’t know why we are drawn to them. Perhaps it’s that they seem to be art in their own right, created to draw people in. Even the most simple sign can garner attention and make us stop to stare. Some signs have the name of a business and some are warnings for what lies ahead. You’ll find a little bit of everything in this sign gallery.

 

To purchase any of these please visit my gallery.

 

 

To see sign art by other artists, click here.

East Tennessee: A photographer’s view

I live in East Tennessee, so a great many of my photos are from the area. We sometimes take our home town for granted. We ignore the history, the landmarks, and the beauty. Last year, I tried to make an effort to take photos of my area just like I would if I were a tourist.  I ended up with a collection of reflection photos from downtown Knoxville and some nice photos from rural Tennessee. Of course, the Sunsphere appears as well. To purchase prints of the following, click here. 

 

To view a gallery of Tennessee art, click here.

Everybody’s Favorites

Here is a gallery of the favorites everyone chose.  It was important to me to get the opinion of others because it’s hard for me to be objective sometimes. I know the story. I know the work that went into the art. I know how I felt when I took the photo, so something that is pretty blah to others might be my favorite of all. But sometimes you know when you have one that everyone will love.  Boot fan is an all around favorite for everyone. Who doesn’t love good looking boots? And Selfie in the Window. I saw the young women in the window and knew that I had to take that photo. It has proven to be popular. The flowers are favorites, too. I love all of the maps, but it seems only a few get the thumbs up from everyone else. So, here they are. Feel free to comment.

Oh, yeah, these are all available for sale in my Fine Art America Gallery – click here.

 

Trains! Trains! Trains!

It’s no secret that I love all things train. I am especially enamored with steam trains. A nostalgia for something I never experienced seems odd to me. I am sure that back in the day train travel was not easy, clean, or efficient. Now, everything is modernized and the steam for most is no longer coal but oil, cutting down on cinders. I have ridden a modern Amtrak train and the ride was comfortable and fun. I will definitely  do it again. But the sound of the steam whistle makes my heart sing.  To purchase any of these, click here.

 

 

 

 

A gallery of train art on Fine Art America

 

A trip to Richmond, VA

I recently traveled to Richmond for work. While there, I had some down time, so I took advantage and did some sight seeing. There is so much to do and see, I didn’t know where to start. Sometimes when that happens to me, I just stay around the hotel and don’t venture out too far. Fear of the unknown, I guess. Anyway, I was determined to get out and do something. I found it never took me more than 15 minutes to get anywhere.  I went to some great restaurants during the week and did some touristy things on the weekend. The first really touristy thing was going to the Hollywood Cemetery. This is a place you have to see to really appreciate. It’s huge and full of history.  Then I found my way to Ashland. Ashland is a train town outside of Richmond. The entire town is considered an historic district. On Saturday, I made my way to Shockoe Bottom for an historic ghost tour. Ghosts tours are a great way to see several a city at night. This is true especially when I am traveling alone. I would never go to most of these places alone at night. So, going on a group tour is the ideal way for me.  I also love to hear about the local folklore and who doesn’t love ghosts?  Sunday was spent taking more photos in Shockoe Bottom (where Main Street Station is located) and then to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. I spent hours in this museum and I did not see everything. I am pretty sure that I am ready to go back to Richmond.

 

These photos were taken in the Libby Hill Park area. We were there for a photo shoot and once we finished, I walked around and shot some photos of the beautiful historic homes and the Richmond skyline.

 

 

Ashland also known as the “Center of the Universe” is a small town outside Richmond. I fell in love with this town. The town was declared a historic district in 1983.  The first time I went, I had dinner at the Iron Horse. I sat on the patio and geeked out a little when a train rolled through. The food there is amazing and worth a visit. The next day I went back to Ashland and ate at the Trackside Grill.  A little more basic, but still yummy food.

 

The Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, VA is 130 acres. It is large and sprawling and known for it’s beautiful gardens and history.

 

 

The Farmer’s Market was large and had just about everything, including fresh, hot donuts.

 

Trains. Did I mention trains?

 

To see more photos from this trip, click here.

 

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Farm Country Americana

My Farm Country photos are available now at Southern Market Shops in Knoxville, TN. Stop by and see all the beautiful things. And of course buy some art!