Introducing my 2nd in a series of town paintings I'm working on:
The first one I did was of Oxford. At the time Robert had just started the last semester of his graduate school marathon. I knew we'd be leaving Oxford soon and I guess I wanted to take some of it with me. Plus my BFF and fellow Oxonian was getting married and I wanted to give her an extra special gift.
Now we live just a few miles from Hernando, MS. It's a super cute town and with it being so close and all, I decided to paint it next. Back in January we had one of those random sunny, warm days you sometimes get during Mississippi's "winter". I took advantage of the break from gray and cold and got out to take some pictures.
Clearly, I'm no photography great. I just snap a bunch of pics from different angles and distances. Then later I work from my stash to put the painting together. I really enjoy working on collage paintings. It's sort of like doing a jigsaw puzzle in that you have to figure out a way to make all the pieces "fit" together.
My aunt and uncle have lived in Hernando my whole life so I'm familiar with the town and it was easy deciding what to include.
1. The DeSoto County Courthouse- One of the first art festivals I ever participated in is held annually on its lawn. I'm looking forward to it this year too!
2. The water tower- Just a water tower like all the other small towns around here have, but still special all the same. So special in fact, that it has Mississippi Landmark status.
3. The Clock Tower- Located on the square at the corner of the courthouse lawn.
4. Hernando DeSoto- Famous Spanish explorer the town is named after.
5. The Dip- The name says Velvet Cream but I've always known it as "The Dip" and I'm pretty sure everyone else calls it that too. Growing up, sometimes my dad would let us stop there for ice cream or a milkshake on the return trip home from Arkabutla Lake. Their milkshakes are deeeeeeeeelicious and I'd always start crossing my fingers that Daddy would stop there as soon as we got in the car.
6. Blues Trail Marker, Beale Town Bound- According to this marker, "The Hernando area was the birthplace of an important group of musicians who helped establish Memphis as a major blues center in the 1920's." Probably a lesser known Hernando thing, but I think it's neat. Plus I wanted to include the barn to represent the rural side of Hernando.
So if you love Hernando get the print here! Or pick one up at Jeremiah's Journey on Commerce St.
Coming next in the town series- Starkville, then probably Memphis!