Red, White, and Carolina Blue

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Red, White, and Carolina Blue

Giclee Print on Canvas
Edition of 300 S/N
Image: 38″ x 14″

One of the favorite pieces in our modest folk art   collection is a great old barber pole. It is almost 8 feet high and in   remarkably good condition considering that it is nearly 150 years old.    A friend found it in Kansas and had it in his collection for many years   and I truly coveted it for at least 20 years, until we finally worked out   a trade, and now it stands in the corner of our dining room. I love to   look at it and think about how Jesse James or John Wesley Hardin may have   had a haircut at the shop where this pole stood.  The paint is old   and flaking, but still quite bold, and there is some dry rot at the base,   but it is a museum-quality piece of folk art, and I knew when I acquired   it that I would use it in a painting at some point.

As I often do with decoys, weathervanes and other subjects, I used a lot of artistic license and changed the shape a bit and juiced up the color. (My good friend and fellow artist (a GREAT artist), Ward Nichols once sent me a tongue-in-cheek “certificate” proclaiming that I now had complete “Artistic License,” and henceforth I can point to it as needed!).

Our backyard, which is right on the marsh, is usually home to several families of Carolina Bluebirds, which is where I got the idea to use one in this painting.  The barber pole by itself would have made a nice painting, but the Bluebird was a nice addition, and it gave me a great title, despite the fact that I graduated from Florida State, it seems now like it was during the time that this barber pole was in use.

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