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HOG ISLAND SUNRISE by Belote-Art HOG ISLAND SUNRISE by Belote-Art
This work I just finished (I think).  Hog Island is one of Virginia's barrier islands.  Now uninhabited and owned by The Nature Conservancy it was once home to a thriving community named "Broadwater".  After the storm of 1933 (a hurricane before they were called such) the community was abandoned, with many of the existing buildings placed on barges and towed to The Eastern Shore of Virginia mainland.  There were two lighthouses built on Hog Island.  The most recent was erected in 1896 and torn down in 1948 as the Atlantic Ocean was encroaching on the ever shifting island.  The first, which I have painted here, was built in 1853 and torn down in 1896.  This lighthouse was constructed of white-washed brick.  There are 3 known photos of this lighthouse and caretakers home.  I used these photos as reference to paint the scene looking from beyond the lighthouse due east as the sun rises over the ocean.  This was done in Corel Painter X with a Wacom Intuos 3.
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