This is the third painting in the series in progress, called "Stevens Mill". The image is based on a black and white photo that I took around 1975. The diving board used to be attached to an open dancing pavilion that saw a lot of use in the '60s, but they are both gone now. I did not know the children, but I hope they have prospered. The dark-haired child also appeared in Stevens Mill 1: Stair to Water.
This is not my boat, but I started to build a copy of her a few years ago, before the recession of 2008 intervened. By that time, I had bought a whole tree of pine lumber, and spent two years building a boat shed; I read lots of boat-building books, purchased a beautifully hand-drawn set of plans, made all the molds for the hull, and read nearly all of the Aubrey/Maturin Novels. I don't regret a minute of the effort, and I met some wonderful like-minded folk, and had a great time. I still believe she's a very beautiful design. The boat is a gaff-rigged six-meter canoe yawl, named "Eun Na Mara" (Scottish Gaelic for "Bird of the Sea"), and designed by Iain Oughtred.
9 x 12 inches, watercolor, 2019 original painting $315
framed original painting $414
This is the second painting in the series in progress, called "Stevens Mill". I could have called the series "The Mill With Two Names", since it is also known as Warrick's Mill, but I believe the mill house pictured above is the original structure. The watercolor is based upon a pencil sketch that I made around 1980.
This is the first of a planned series of four or five paintings called "Steven's Mill", which was an actual mill in Wayne County. The series will be based on photographs and a sketch that I made around 1975. The child who modeled for this one would be around fifty years old now.
The silo is made of terra-cotta, and its dark courses are glazed smooth, so it shimmers when you move past it. It is a real silo, located in Goldsboro, NC. I am making some changes to the original painting, to be posted in the near future, but I have two 3/4 size giclée prints of the image above for sale at half price.
original painting $400
framed original painting $490
giclée print $133
This composition is based on the "Terror of the South" exhibit in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science. For more about the exhibit, go to https://naturalsciences.org/exhibits/tours/extinct-tour. The dinosaur skeleton is an Acrocanthosaurus, and the flying reptile is an unidentified pterosaur.
original painting $413
framed original painting $496
giclée print $138
One day each week during the winter months in 2018, I routinely drove my wife to work at 6AM. That gave me the opportunity to watch the sun rise from one of many possible vantage points near the beach or along the banks of the Cape Fear River. This painting is the result of one of those opportunities. It is a view of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge as seen from the Wilmington Riverwalk near the old Cotton Exchange, before sunrise in February.
This is my father, TK Britt, burning the pond bank, painted from my 1989 pencil sketch. The pond was built by my father, grandfather, uncles, and others, and became a busy community gathering place for folks of all ages, on Sunday afternoons from around 1954 until about 1970. The bream fishing was very dependable.
original painting - SOLD limited edition giclée print $86
This is at Federal Point, south of Fort Fisher, North Carolina. Look on the horizon for the sand dunes, which conceal the Atlantic Ocean beyond. The trees lean toward the land, as always, and on this day the grasses leaned toward the sea.
This is my childhood home near Mount Olive, NC, as it looked in 1977. I am including it among these more recent works because it was the first of my watercolors that I felt pretty good about. The scene looks different now - the road has been paved, the barn has been replaced, and the neighbors are closer together.