Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Silent Gathering

The most recent of my latest group of paintings, it was also the largest. It depicts a forest scene in Powhatan County along the banks of Fine Creek in a place known as the Foundry. The property contains a large stone building with 3 foot thick stone walls that was originally built in 1816 to manufacture arms and munitions for the Federal Government. After years of disuse, it was acquired by the artist Julian Binford and his wife who undertook a massive reconstruction of the old stone buildings which they eventually occupied. In the 1980s the property was acquired by a group of investors who set out to create the only true golf-only facility in the area. It is now one of the most exclusive golf courses in the Richmond area and I have been apprehended and escorted out of the property during my numerous attempts to visit it and photograph its breathtaking views. The one seen here is near the front of the property adjacent to Huguenot Trail or Virginia highway 711. There is a single light source emanating from one of the many stone outbuildings associated with the course. Fine Creek meanders through the center of the painting and the trees seem to lean in towards one another as if they are gathering to discuss their plans for the day. I hope someday to play this exclusive course- I just have to meet the right person who can give me access to its many hidden secrets. One of the notable historic facts about the area is that part of the property was owned at one time by Robert E. Lee's brother who invited the general to bivouac there on his way home to Richmond from Appomattox where he had surrendered to the Northern Armies. An historic marker records the event.

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