For those of you familiar with my train of thought and the way I connect the dots….It can seem to take a roundabout way…Last week I somehow connected the FSU circus and the flying trapeze to motorized hang glide flying. Transportation is on my brain and plays a part in many of my Tailgating paintings.
When painting my tailgating series, I began with “Tailgating With The Vol Navy” for obvious reasons. (UT is my alma mater).
I included the boats on the Tennessee River tied next to one another; a very unique tailgating tradition.
When I traveled to Athens to take pictures for my “Tailgating Under The Arch” painting, I passed a beautiful ’57 Chevy station wagon on the road from Atlanta to Athens. I knew I wanted to include that ’57, red and white Chevy in my Georgia painting.
When “Tailgating in The Grove”, I couldn’t resist including the red double decker bus traveling between The Grove and Oxford.
Arkansas has a big street festival every fall, called Bikes, Blues and BBQ. We were there and I included a couple of bikers in my “Tailgating In The Ozarks” painting.
Missouri has a vintage yellow fire truck that transports Truman The Tiger, Mizzou’s mascot, during all home games.
And speaking of trains, as in the old Steve Martin, John Candy Christmas movie, “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” South Carolina features the Cockaboose Railroad; 22 refurbished cabooses sitting on dead tracks right outside the stadium.
These are a centerpiece of my “Tailgating With The Cockaboose Railroad” painting.
I love vintage trucks and have taken pictures of interesting cars and trucks where and when ever I find them.
This vintage truck is parked at the Eight Flags Antique Market on Centre Street in Fernandina Beach, Florida. It inspired the two-toned yellow and white truck in my Tailgating In Vandyville painting.
When working on my composition for the Kentucky painting, I wanted a feeling of horse farms, Kentucky bluegrass and tailgates or picnics in the fields. I used this photo of a truck I found in Cashiers, NC as inspiration. Just changed the color from red to Kentucky blue.
That red truck inspired me to create a vintage tailgate using my collection of vintage coolers and Thermos containers.
James and Ralph help with the tailgate. Plaids are going on here.
Ralph the French Bulldog.
Sheldon, our mini whoodle (mini poodle, wheaten terrier mix) helped choose the plaids.
Thank you to Bill and Judy Durham for allowing us to create a vintage tailgate using this great red truck. I stopped by their shop, Cashiers Customs Furniture & Kitchens to ask permission to photograph the truck. The truck belongs to Judy’s son. It was his grandfathers truck.
If you are in Cashiers, stop by their shop. They have beautiful hand made, custom designed furniture, cabinets and kitchens.
If you like my clothing, please visit my favorite shop in Brevard, NC. Theophilus!
Theophilus is owned and operated by a delightful mother and daughter team, Martha and Emrie Carlton.
Their store carries updated women’s clothing, perfect for moms and daughters. Whenever I am in Brevard, I stop by and Emrie will say, “Oh Kathy, I have the perfect thing for you.”
I loved Emrie’s plaid shirt and of course she found one for me. Plaids are in this year and would make a perfect gift for all the special guys and girls on your list!
Theophilus also carries accessories, home accessories, gift items and now are expanding into mens.
Another favorite shopping spot is The Plantation Shops At Palmetto Walk on Amelia Island.
Known for English & French Antiques, Home Accessories, Gifts & Gourmet Foods and Coffee Table Books
Loran Smith’s “Spread Formation: Tailgating and Home Recipes From College Football Greats” makes a great gift and can be purchased at The Plantation Shop.
Myrna and Loran Smith during book signing at The Plantation Shop
Beautiful antique boxes make special gifts.
Kathy Miller visiting with football fans at The Plantation Shop.
And remember “Tailgating Through The South” prints make great Christmas gifts for your SEC football fan.
11×14 poster prints $50
24×30 fine art giclee prints $450
Just click here to view and order your favorite school print.
Rivalry weekend was all that we expected. Lots of excitement. Some great games, some not so great games. Some upsets, some blowouts.
Friend Carol Jones, the lone Mississippi State fan in this picture, from The Egg Bowl.
Jennifer, Mollie, Carol, Anna, and Kimble. 3 generations of beautiful Mississippi women.
It is time to go bowling.
Watch for upcoming stories from my tailgating travels. I welcome your comments, recipes and any inside information on your favorite tailgating spots.
Come celebrate with me. I’ll save you a seat at the table.