A Painting - Grist Mill at Stone Mountain, GA, "Before and After".

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A Painting - Grist Mill at Stone Mountain, GA,

"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. This painting is one of my favorites, as it was one of my first attempts at Acrylic painting, after previously working in oil paints.

I hadn't yet refined my detail, but it convinced me to continue painting in acrylics. I never sold this 24"x30" canvas painting, as it hangs in my son's living room, framed in barn wood. This was also the largest painting I had done up until then, which was in 1978.

The old mill is located within the Stone Mountain Park, east of Atlanta, Georgia.  Home of the Yellow Daisy Festival, one of the top Arts & Crafts Festivals in the country.  It was one of my favorite shows where I exhibited for several years.

I had to rent a rowboat to take my photos.

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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Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Nice job with the painting.  Nice that you let your son keep it as a some day prized work of art.  Did the painter sign his canvas?

Jan 21, 2017 01:14 PM #1
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Looking at the two yours feels like the one more like a real picture. That's amazing.

Jan 21, 2017 01:33 PM #2
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
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Larry I am constantly impressed by your paintings and this is another exceptional one.

Jan 21, 2017 04:18 PM #3
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Larry I said this before, you need to put a photo book and publish it, before and after like your post. That would be a best seller for sure, Endre

Jan 21, 2017 04:47 PM #4
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Larry, you are so talented! Just beautiful. 

Jan 21, 2017 05:42 PM #5
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
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Excellent work, Larry. I have been painting a piece that needed repair and each time I pick up the brush I think what would Larry do here. I took some lessons about 40 years ago and some of the strokework is coming back to me. It almost makes me want to take some more painting classes. Maybe next year.

Jan 21, 2017 08:09 PM #6
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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Good morning Larry.  You sir are a transformation specialist.  Thanks for sharing all the paintings. 

Jan 22, 2017 03:27 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
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Hi Larry - as always you add so much life to your painting and make the subject jump out.

Jan 22, 2017 12:21 PM #8
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

What a cool mill. My grandmother commissioned an artist to paint a photo of her grandfather's mill from pictures. I was around for this project and enjoyed seeing the photos that were shared with the artist and learning some history about my family. The mill was located in Illinois. It was torn down before I was born. 

Jan 22, 2017 08:13 PM #9
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
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Impressive as always Larry, I was honored to have the opportunity to tour your art gallery while in Elkhart, a rare treat that more rainers should do.

Jan 23, 2017 09:39 PM #10
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
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Amazing work!  The painting actually looks more real than the photo.

Jan 25, 2017 04:40 PM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Larry, for sharing your paintings and some of the history behind them.

Jan 26, 2017 04:43 AM #12
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
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This is the first "real" painting I saw when I first met Larry more than 35 years ago. I could not even comprehend how he could paint it.  I am even more impressed with his abilities now, than I was then. I believe anyone with this kind of talent should paint all the time...

Jan 27, 2017 08:12 PM #13
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
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Just lovely Larry Johnston this artwork brings such a peaceful feeling when viewing it/them!

Jan 30, 2017 01:25 PM #14
Mick Michaud
Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107 - Granbury, TX
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Beautiful painting.  Love the grist mill.  The building and photograph are works of art in their own right.

Feb 24, 2017 06:35 AM #15
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Great picture and painting. Makes this Atlanta Boy Homesick. Great little park!

Feb 24, 2017 06:47 AM #16
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