RICHMOND, VA - CHRISTMAS SHOW
Craftsmen's Classic™ Art & Craft Festival
October 27, 28 & 29, 2017
The Gilmore Shows' Craftsmen's Classic is coming soon and Old South Art is excited to be a part of the largest art & craft festival in the state. As always, the event takes place at the Richmond Raceway Complex with plenty of free parking and three buildings of original work to see. You can visit www.craftshow.com to get an admission ticket discount. We hope to see you there. Please plan to drop by and say hello.
Maybe I'm reaching, but I sure think the world would be a much better place with more dogs around. If everyone could feel the love and devotion that comes from their very own dog, I'm guessing violent acts would be cut by more than half. Mean thoughts would pretty much dissolve away. Even that wicked, anonymous social media bashing that is everywhere nowadays would dwindle away to nothing. No matter how rotten you're feeling, all it takes is a tail wagging, four legged canine buddy of your very own to shower you with unconditional love to make everything feel better. Dogs don't hold grudges. Dogs don't have ulterior motives. Dogs don't pretend to love you. I've had the great fortune of having many wonderful dogs throughout my life and I can't think of a single time when any of them was anything but thrilled to see me. Believe me, it has nothing to do with me and everything to do with how terrific dogs see the world. Once they become a part of your family nothing makes them happier than just being around you. If you're super busy and don't have time for them on a certain day - they understand. Play time gets cut in half because you have other obligations - they understand. To them, it's all about the moment. They live for that.
I guess I draw dogs so often for these reasons. It just makes me happy. And since Old South Art is designed to rekindle favorite Southern memories, I try to focus on dogs that I typically see as Southern favorites. I know golden retrievers and labs are popular everywhere, but they do have a certain old South feel to them. Even if you have other breeds, you undoubtedly have neighbors and friends with retrievers. And of course the good old blue tick hound just screams old South. I know many folks who are "cat people", and cats surely have a long and distinguished legacy as Southern citizens, but they don't quite attain the status of our beloved dogs - at least not in my eyes. Your dog looks you square in the eye to greet you. Your dog's tail starts to wag as soon as you approach. In my experience with cats, they are a bit prone to giving you the cold shoulder if they are not in the mood to entertain you. Never a dog though.
Try to find any other friend or pet as loyal. You can't, unless of course you have another dog.
Old world maps have so much more character than any produced today. You know when you look at an old map that someone plotted every inch, converted it all to the proper scale, and then made it fit onto a canvas while including all the little details. And then there's the border patterns and the compass rose. Some of those are as elaborate as the maps themselves. It takes time, to be sure, and that's why it's no longer a popular technique. It's hard to make money when it takes forever to get a job done. I get that. But you just can't beat the style.
When I was a small child, my family lived on the banks of the Pamunkey River. Later, we moved to the Chickahominy River. I have great sentiment and passion for both places. As the years streamed past, that passion has only grown. I have spent countless hours on both rivers as an adult; fishing and duck hunting. I always feel both nostalgic and at home whenever I'm on either river, and for the longest time I wanted to honor these two beauties with maps worthy of framing and displaying . The problem with this idea was selection. The only real maps to pick from are folding, paper maps used for navigation. As a well seasoned boat operator, I can promise you these types of maps are invaluable. They perfectly illustrate the safe lanes, the questionable flats, and the definitely-stay-away-from-here spots that will ruin your day if you run over them. I would not operate a boat without a reliable navigational map. Still, as important as these maps are, they kind of look like a booger when unfolded and hung on someone's wall. I've seen them in many places over the years and I'm sure you have too. While I salute their passion and desire to show off their favorite waterways, the net result is cheesy at best.
This is why I decided to make my own maps. I knew the style I wanted and I knew how to use Google Earth, so off I went. I started with my two favorites and since have completed a few more. They are now offered here at Old South Art, and I have already received requests for a few additional bodies of water. I do plan to continue map making in the old world style, so please keep an eye out for those. And as always, if you have a specific request, just let me know. While my renderings are accurate, I am not an aspiring cartographer, so please continue to use your navigational maps for their intended purpose. My maps are focusing on the waterways themselves, but do include any meaningful landmarks and major roads around them. But the body of water is the center of attention for me.
And by the way, if you happen to be one of those people I mentioned with the crease-filled paper map unfolded and displayed on your wall, please know I don't mean to offend. But I do want you to know an alternative now exists!
Old South Art is a producer of original artwork, focusing on southern themes. We are based in Central Virginia and are developing images from this great state as well as our neighboring southern states. The map renderings are offered as an artist's viewpoint, and while they are accurately drawn, they are not intended for navigational purposes.
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