With a gallery opening this coming weekend, and another art festival running at the same time, I’m in a pinch to finish some paintings. This one I abandoned a few months back. Earlier photos of it have already been posted on the blog. I am the guitar player–a friend photographed me playing at an art festival several years back. The GMC pickup is from an abandoned site somewhere in New Mexico (I remember the summer but not the town). The abandoned tavern is in Old Appleton, Missouri, alongside old Highway 61, north of Cape Girardeau. My father frequented this joint when he was a young adult. He recalls that the bar was on the ground floor, and the dance floor on the second story. I haven’t visited the site since about the year 2000, and it was in bad shape. I fear that I will return one day to find it gone, like so many other derelict character-laden structures I have painted over the years.
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