At Tatum Cabin
7.5 x 9.5 inches
©Ann Thompson Nemcosky
This is one of those paintings that I could work on forever. I was interested in having a juxtaposition of loose, washy, areas with more developed, rendered spots. I think I got there so I am calling it finished now before I overdo it.
Last month while visiting our local Heritage Festival at Hickory Ridge Homestead here in Boone, I spotted this scene in one of the cabins. There are several cabins at this living history site and on this day folks were dressed in period costumes and available for demonstrations and talks on life in these mountains during Revolutionary War times. While the guide in Tatum Cabin was explaining the structure and the families that lived there I was captivated by the preparations she had laid out for a mid-day meal. The simple wooden bowl containing tomatoes and leeks and the woven towel she had been using casually laying along side were stunning in the sunlight coming through the cabin's small window. She may have though it odd that I was so busy capturing this display with my camera but I am glad that I did, as I was able to glean enough from my dark and fuzzy photos to make this painting.