Bait Shop Blues, January 11, 2010

Bait Shop near St. Clair, Missouri

This old bait shop, now gone, was spotted during the early 1990’s, when I left the St. Louis area to return home to Texas one winter after a family holiday visit.  Choosing to avoid the Interstate for a spell, I left High Ridge, Missouri, and navigated the winding, twisting old Highway 30 west where it would eventually merge with Interstate 44 near St. Clair.   During the lengthy travel along Old 30, through rural isolated areas, I spotted this defunct bait shop and paused to photograph it.

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3 Responses to “Bait Shop Blues, January 11, 2010”

  1. lesliepaints Says:

    What I like about this is that it looks like it could be “anywhere USA”. There are many of these old shed-like shacks north of here amidst the roadways leading to all the little lakes. Some of them are in disrepair like this and others are painted white or green or red and still open for business come spring. I am noticing that you place a dominant doorway or window in a center of interest or “sweet spot” most of the time. It makes your compositions so very strong and attractive. Maybe the word I’m really looking for is “inviting”.


  2. David Tripp Says:

    Funny how we develop these blindspots! I had never, never realized till now about my windows and/or doors as a focal point. Not until you mentioned it. I have always avoided pure landscape, preferring to put architecture or a vehicle in the focal area. And now, you point out this window/door thing. I’m going to have to think on this for a spell. I’ve always been fascinated with Hopper, Motherwell, Matisse and deKooning with their discussiond about the “open door” as a western motif, and about the outside/inside tensions. I just had never consciously applied these discussions to my own work, not even realizing that I was putting them in the composition! Thanks for pointing it out. As to bait shops–I have more and more trouble finding these where I live. The one posted here disappeared years ago–I looked for it this last Christmas, and couldn’t even find the foundations as I drove slowly down the highway.


  3. Alex Zonis Says:

    Love the dramatic sky and washed out ground! The shed itself has a lot of character, wonderful undeveloped – mysterious – darkness inside. The whole painting is moody like Zbukvic, but not as busy, nicely empty. The term “wabi” comes to mind.


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