History of a Painting - "The Corner Shelf"

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History of a Painting - "The Corner Shelf".

Acrylic Painting by Larry Johnston©

While looking for some antique items for subject material for paintings, we stopped at a broken down old farm house along the road, we called the junk shop, because there was not much in the way of valuable antiques there..  The sign painted on old old piece of wood said, "Antiques".  The shop was located along a 2-lane road on central Georgia near the town of Pine Mountain.

There was nobody around as we walked around the outside of the building.  As we were behind the home, a car drove up, and it was the owner of the property.  As usual, the southern folks were as friendly and hospitable.  I told him what our intentions were, that we weren't going to buy anything, just shoot pictures of a few of the items he had laying around.  He proceeded to give us a tour of the inside, showing us things that he thought we would be interested in.

After shooting the photos, we said our goodbye's and we were on our way to the next art show. I painted several paintings from that junk shop.  I call my set "Items", which includes, the "Milk Can", "The Lantern", "Wickers End" (which is a broken down cane chair on the back porch) and of course this painting called the "Corner Shelf". Sometimes I add another painting called ""The Broken Swing".

Many times I will add something extra in my paintings.  "Corner Shelf" is no exception. I put a couple of my artists brushes in the jar near the back of the painting.


Blogs About Some of My Other Paintings and their History:

Loew's Jersey Theatre,....  Marathon Gas Pump,....  Calloway's Round Barn,....  River Street, Savannah, GA,....  Court House, Crown Point, IN,....  Pooles Mill Covered Bridge,....  Steak and Shake,....  The Peanut Shop,....  Hot Diggity Dogs,....  Wrigley Field,.... Piano Through a Window,.... The Coconut Tree,....  Barber Tonics,.... Pelican Diner,.... A & W Drive-in,.... The Lantern,.... The FOX Theatre, Atlanta,...  Tri-Way Outdoor Theatre,...  Rexall Drug Store,...  A Family Homestead,...  The Palace Theatre,...  Angel's Diner,...  Krispy Kreme, Gainsville, Florida,...  Bonnie Doon US31,...  Ross Diner,...  The Gag & Heave,... A&W Root Beer Barrel,...  Bonnie Doon, Lincolnway, Mishawaka, IN,...  Train Depot, Cartersville, GA,...  Dairy Queen,...  Firestone Store,...  The South Shore,...  The Gathering Place,...  4-Way Lunch,...  Mustard and Ketchup,... McDonald's,...  Lost Mountain Store,...   The Big Chicken,...  Euharlee, GA. Covered Bridge,...  Juliette, GA Church,...  Fried Green Tomatoes House,...  Whistle Stop Cafe,...   Whistle Stop Train Depot,...  Tilley Park,...   Jimmy's Hurricane,...   Barber Chair,...  Fire Truck,...   Rosies Diner,... Judge Roy Bean's   


If you know someone who wants to Buy or Sell a Home in Elkhart County, have them call me:

Larry Johnston, 574-304-7577

Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC

Elkhart, Indiana

or email larry@larry-johnston.com

Comments (17)

Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Larry. Your painting reminds me of a local market, that I used to visit many years ago. There were many shelves that looked like your painting. Just beautiful.

Make it a great weekend!

Jan 23, 2015 11:23 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good mornin. Larry Johnston wow....what a great talent you have... I love that painting... you're a true artist.... very nice.

Jan 23, 2015 11:33 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Not to overlook that nail sticking up either.  Interesting on the history of some of your work

Jan 24, 2015 12:40 AM
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
Caring expertise...knowledge for you!

You are very talented...when does your gallery open?   Art does inspire.

Jan 24, 2015 03:07 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Larry another excellent painting.  Love the way it looks like light is bouncing off each object.

Jan 24, 2015 07:46 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Very nice Larry, you are such a fine painter. I like how you explain how you get your ideas.

Jan 24, 2015 08:51 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

I love your style of art.  Someday I'm doing to buy something . . . if your work is for sale.  The wood grain is amazing.

Jan 24, 2015 10:31 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

As a fine art major, i'm looking forward to the series of paintings that awaits me with each post! Thank you for doing this!

Jan 24, 2015 03:45 PM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

He's very much amazing in that sense, Carla! I see you love art probably as much as I do!

Jan 24, 2015 03:46 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your painting and the history behind it.

You should spend some time painting in Colonial Williamsburg.

Jan 24, 2015 07:22 PM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Larry, another great paintig. I like the fact that you added a couple of your paint brushes in the jar near the back of the painting.

Jan 25, 2015 03:24 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

If I remember right we spent quite a bit of time at this antique shop.  Didn't you also get your coal bucket and shuttle from here too?

Jan 25, 2015 11:29 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

The Lady who purchased this painting, Mrs. Tilley requested that you never repaint this picture for someone else.  The Tilley Family ordered several paintings of the family owned amusement park for family members.  So we can understand why she had such an unusual request.

Jan 25, 2015 11:31 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Larry, you are *FEATURED* in today's Tuesday Travelogue! Thank you~

                                            Travellers in the Rain!




Feb 07, 2017 06:10 PM
Larry Johnston

Good evening Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 ,  Thank you for featuring me in the travelogue.  I am honored!  You were such a delight to talk to, in the Ringing and Singing Contest.  Now I'm off to read your blog.

Feb 07, 2017 07:10 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Larry. I love your painting probably because I love old junky stuff to. What a find.

Feb 08, 2017 05:52 AM
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Goom morning Larry. Great story and awesome painting.

I have to give a shout out to Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905 for featuring you to bring me to your blog.


I really enjoyed it!!!

Feb 09, 2017 06:38 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Always love your History of a Paintings Larry.  Thanks for sharing.

Feb 13, 2017 07:39 AM

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