Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A mile high

On Sunday, we went up to Beech Mountain for their annual Kite Festival. At an elevation of 5506 feet, Beech Mountain is the highest town in the Eastern US. Flying a kite from the top of Beech Mountain means that you are flying a kite a mile high. Except that on Sunday, there was no wind. Not even a mile high on top of Beech. Not enough to keep a kite aloft, anyway.

So we headed down the road a ways and stopped in at Fred's Mercantile. Fred's is the kind of store where you can get a key made, pick up a copy of the NY Times, buy some fresh produce for dinner, and shop for shoes. The sketch above is inspired by the lively mums sitting on the front porch of Fred's.

14 comments:

Jeannie said...

Love Fred's! You can find anything in there!

Martine said...

Lovely spread with bright colours that make me happy: a little bit of summer is still present !

winna said...

I would love to stop at Fred's as you did---the flowers also are inspring with your wonderful color sense..

Laure Ferlita said...

Love those gorgeous purple shadows, Ann! Gorgeous!

PAMO said...

Fred's looks like a wonderful place! Your sketch is lovely. The yellows and purples go so nice together.

Cathy Holtom said...

I love the colours you have used, it really does make you want to sit there too!

AutumnLeaves said...

Fred's sounds like my kind of store! It looks like it too with this fabulous front porch! Ann, I just love your style and your work!

nanke's stuff said...

Flying kites would have been fun, but I'd choose Fred's! What a lovely painting of his porch..... is there really a Fred? lol nancy

raena said...

Wonderful colors, Ann! And I love the idea of getting just about anything you need from one store (well, besides a walmart!) Once I was driving through Montana and we stopped at a gas station. They had food, fish bait, and guns/ammo. I thought it was so strange to go to a gas station and be able to buy a gun!

Ann said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by and your great comments!

Alex said...

Gorgeous! I love it Ann! Great use of negative spaces =)

donna said...

I love this so much. More than words can say. And I love the purple shadows too.

Krista Meister said...

Shh!!! Just tell people it's YOUR porch and not Fred's! LOL Whoever's porch it is, it looks like a lovely place to congregate. Nice sketch.

Deborah said...

This little painting is absolutely gorgeous!

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