Aug 22, 2010
“Old Bethania School”
6 x 9.5" watercolor
With the exception of a couple of commissions* I picked up when I was there, “Old Bethania School” concludes the paintings from my August trip to the quaint historical village of Bethania. Although this painting was done en plein air, it took me several photos before deciding what view I wanted to capture. As some of you know, I like to first frame up in my camera the views I choose to paint. This painting is lacking the school bell that sets on a pole in front of the schoolhouse. I’ll probably add it before I tote this painting off to the Black Walnut Festival in September. Later reference to a photo is another good reason for artists to take photos of the scenes they depict.
Please leave a comment to this blog entry if you know the reason for the dual entryway to the old school. I suspect one door was for girls, and the other, for boys. My research has not given me an answer to this question. Also, architects, pray tell, might these be considered a humble example of Greek Revival doorways? Very strange.
* Clicking “Summertime” will link you to what might have been one of these commissions.