Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Moonshine Picnic

"Moonshine Picnic" 12x16

It's hot here in Texas!  The watermelon stands are in abundance alongside the country roads.  I have one in the fridge I'll be cutting tonight and will leave some over to paint tomorrow...the above painting entitled Moonshine Picnic was done a couple years ago and is so named because a small town near me-Glenrose (where the painting is now hanging in the White Buffalo Gallery)-is evidently supposed to be the moonshine capitol of Texas!  

Here's a little history from the online "Glenrose Reporter":
"The wooded limestone hills around Glen Rose feel quiet and look postcard-pretty today. But in the 1920s during the height of Prohibition, the hills were alive with stills.
Illegal whiskey known as moonshine -- so named because it was often made in secret and at night by the light of the moon -- flowed, and so did big money.
Somervell County Moonshiners, merchants and lawmen were “in cahoots” to make large amounts of whiskey for export to Dallas, Fort Worth, and beyond. Trucks filled with bootleg whiskey rolled out of the county bound for thirsty customers in Dallas and Houston." 
So happy Summer and stay cool!  
If you would like to read the whole article you can find it here:

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