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.

Tailgating With The Vol Navy painting by Kathy Miller

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.

Tailgating under the Arch painting by Kathy Miller

 When “Tailgating in The Grove”, I couldn’t resist including the red double decker bus traveling between The Grove and Oxford.

Tailgating In The Grove painting by Kathy Miller

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.

Tailgating In The Ozarks painting by Kathy Miller

Missouri has a vintage yellow fire truck that transports Truman The Tiger, Mizzou’s mascot, during all home games.

“Tailgating At The Zou”

Tailgating In The Zou painting by Kathy Miller

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.

Tailgating With The Cockaboose Railroad painting by Kathy Miller

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.

Two-toned Truck Fernandina Beach, FL photo by Kathy Miller

“Tailgating In Vandyville”

Tailgating In Vandyville painting by Kathy Miller

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.

red truck in Cashiers photo by Kathy Miller

“Tailgating In Kentucky Bluegrass Country”

Tailgating In The Kentucky Bluegrass Country painting by Kathy Miller

That red truck inspired me to create a vintage tailgate using my collection of vintage coolers and Thermos containers.

Vintage Tailgate, red truck, vintage Thermos picnic containers, vintage cooler photo by Kathy Miller


Rear view of vintage tailgate with Thermos coolers photo by Kathy Miller

James and Ralph help with the tailgate.  Plaids are going on here.

Vintage tailgate with James and Ralph photo by Kathy Miller

Ralph the French Bulldog.

Vintage tailgate with Kathy and Ralph photo by Kathy Miller

 Sheldon, our mini whoodle (mini poodle, wheaten terrier mix) helped choose the plaids.

Vintage tailgate with Sheldon photo by Kathy Miller

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.  

Vintage tailgate with Bill and Judy Durham photo by Kathy Miller

If you are in Cashiers, stop by their shop.  They have beautiful hand made, custom designed furniture, cabinets and kitchens.

Bill and Judy Durham with Kathy Miller photo by Kathy Miller

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.

Martha and Emrie Carlton, owner Theophilus, Brevard, NC photo by Martha 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.

The Plantation Shop Amelia Island, photo by Lynn Tennille via Kathy Miller

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.

Spread Formation:  Tailgating and Home Recipes From College Football Greats by Loran Smith

Myrna and Loran Smith during book signing at The Plantation Shop

Myrna and Loren Smith with new tailgating book, Spread Formation photo by Lynne Tennille at the Plantation Shop

Beautiful antique boxes make special gifts.

Antique boxes at The Plantation Shop photo by Lynne Tennille via Kathy Miller

Kathy Miller visiting with football fans at The Plantation Shop.

Kathy Miller signs Tailgating Through The South prints for fans during FL/GA weekend photo by Lynne Tennille, 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.

The Egg Bowl Ole Miss vs MSU with Carol Jones and family photo by Carol JonesIt 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.


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