A Painting - Christmas Spirit Shop, "Before and After".

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A Painting - Christmas Spirit Shop, "Before and After".   

As an artist, I am always looking at things differently than most.  I have painted several nostalgic businesses around the country, many of them commissioned. The Christmas Spirit Shop is located in downtown Bar Harbor and was used for a Christmas theme that I created in 1998 and was used for the cover of Sunshine Artist magazine in their December 1999 issue. The original painting (24"x36") was sold at the State Street Art Fair in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Photo by Larry Johnston©


Acrylic Painting by Larry Johnston©

I have been asked, on occasion, how I was able to create my paintings. This series show the actual place and the final painting, to show the comparison.  Most of my paintings were made from, as many as 12 photographs taken from different angles, as well as closeup shots.  These are the before and after shots.


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Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Very interesting. Great job. You are super talented.

Jan 14, 2017 02:21 PM #1
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I love your take on this Bar Harbor shop. You have such talent. And I always enjoy seeing the inspiration for your masterpieces!


Jan 14, 2017 02:26 PM #2
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Larry this painting would make an excellent Christmas card.  You should submit it to Hallmark.

Jan 14, 2017 02:45 PM #3
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great transformation from photo to paint, and George Souto has a great idea of submitting to Hallmark.  A

Jan 14, 2017 04:40 PM #4
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
Synergy Realty Pros

Wonderful!!!  Amazing Things I didn't know.

Jan 14, 2017 05:14 PM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Larry - we have many art shows coming to Delray soon and I wish you were still exhibiting your work on the road!!!  I love the "before" and "after" that you share with us. 

Jan 14, 2017 05:45 PM #6
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Great transformation to take a store that would be adults only and give it to the kids to dream of presents

Jan 14, 2017 06:25 PM #7
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Good morning Larry.  That painting needs to be on the front cover of a magazine or on a Christmas card.

Jan 15, 2017 04:29 AM #8
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

What I love about the paintings is that the reality is not as good as the representation.

Jan 15, 2017 06:32 AM #9
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Larry... love your painting! Then again, I usually do like them and usually better than the "real thing."

Jan 17, 2017 05:28 AM #10
Dave Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality #WeWillGetYouHome

Got to love it! The first week of the new year of 2018 and things are looking great! Hope the same is true for you.

Jan 05, 2018 06:03 PM #11
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