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Do you ever think about simpler times, before cell phones and computers? My Serendipity Coastal Cottage Painting is an attempt to capture the spirit of those bygone days. It is the first painting in my Humble Abode series. I remember sitting on the front porch as a child, while my mom and grandmother hung clothes on the line, shelled peas, and gossiped while they smoked cigarettes. Yes, I’m old enough to remember when everybody smoked, even in restaurants, offices, and stores. While smoking was not good, sitting on the front porch and talking on sunny Saturdays was very good. With the coronavirus raging, I long for the fellowship of friends and family even more than before.
The little chair and the metal rails with the “S” designs are my favorite things in the painting. Those nostalgic details hold memories of their own.
After the house was completed, I began dippling in the trees and painting scruffy grass with a green lawn behind it. However, that type of grass wasn’t accurate for us South Carolina folks without sodded yards. The dirt here is kind of sandy. Keeping a plush, filled-in yard is a lot harder than it is for the bluegrass yards owners of Tennessee or the carpet grass lawn homesteaders in South Texas. So, I adjusted the yard by painting a classic sand-dirt look. The sand gnats here would definitely approve.
The trees and clouds were fun to paint. We have mostly evergreens here in the South Carolina Lowcountry. A land filled with conifers and live oak trees was a hard thing to reconcile when I moved here from East Tennessee at age 13. It was hard not to miss the glorious fall show of the mountains. The flowers along the sidewalk are there to remind me that the beauty of God’s creation is everywhere.
I hope you enjoyed the thought and history behind my Serendipity Coastal Cottage Painting.