Last year while visiting my Aunt in Dothan, Alabama, we ate at a restaurant that was fairly new in town. I wrote a post that included a review of the Red Elephant Restaurant. The post can be found by clicking here.
During our visit this year, the Red Elephant was one of the places I most wanted to visit again. Besides having excellent food, I loved that this is a let-your- hair-down, laugh out loud, get-together-with-friends-and-family kinda place. But, I also had another reason. During our last visit I fell in love with the paintings on the walls and photographed each of them. When they were downloaded I found that I had forgotten to change the settings on my camera and some were over exposed. I was delighted the paintings were still there and I did a better job with my photography this time around.
The paintings are signed simply "Cornbread." His unique, distinctive style is fresh and playful — it just makes you smile. They are a perfect compliment to the Red Elephant experience!
After searching on Google, I learned the painter is John "Cornbread" Anderson, a self taught folk artist who likes to capture the wildlife of his home state of Georgia.
Cornbread had no early interest in painting and no formal training but in 1995 he began to render his lively, energetic and colorful work.
Cornbread's work is painted in Acrylics on wood.
John Cornbread Anderson is rapidly emerging as a popular folk artist and his work is actively being added to many private and corporate collections. I also found a website selling some of his creations. When I win the lottery I just might invest in one.
All of the above shots were taken by me. The two below were found on the internet.
This photo of John Cornbread Anderson taken from the website of Southern Visionary Art
I found this photo on Pinterest in the album of Lori Baker. I wanted to include it because it shows a wider collection of Cornbread's work on display at an art fair. It shows that wildlife is not all that Cornbread chooses to paint. I like that his work can be found on rugs, statues, pottery and possibly furniture.
I am joining the Round Robin Photo Challenge this week.
The challenge for today is "On the Wall" and what better then the colorful and creative work of John Cornbread Anderson.