Whatever Happened to Langston's Café?
watercolor painting of an old abandoned gas station Shell sign and metal arrow neon sign
Copyright 2023 Lisa R. Tennant
Medium: Watercolor
Size (Unframed): 25" x 25".
Price: $2400
• Honorable Mention, 2020 LightSpaceTime Gallery Online 2nd Annual Primary Colors Exhibition
• Editor's Pick for July, 2020—ArtMajeur online Gallery
• 2020 Signs of a Recent Past Solo Exhibition, Cultural Activities Center, Temple, TX and Vive Les Arts Theatre, Killeen, TX
• Juror Award, 2020 Society of Watercolor Artists International Juried Exhibition, Fort Worth, TX
• People's Choice Award, Dallas Metro Arts Contemporary Gallery 2020 Watermedia National Juried Exhibition, Plano, TX
• 2021 Watercolor Art Society-Houston 44th International Watermedia Exhibition, Houston, TX

Description/Story: True story. We were heading up north to see family traveling on I-75 in Georgia when suddenly everyone was diverted off of the highway in both directions. Following everyone else, we crossed over and then north again on a road parallel to the highway. About two miles up we passed what looked like a set of signs and an abandoned building, nothing else around. I made note of approximately where we were, vowing to stop and take a look on our way home a week later. It took a bit of driving around but we managed to find the spot on the way back. I took many reference photos marveling at how twisted up that sign was. I sketched out how I wanted it and then two years later painted what became one of my most award-winning paintings to date. It had to be big, it had to be brilliant in color, it had to be honest. I still wonder whatever happened to it that made that metal sign fold in half.
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