"Table Rock" is the seventh (and last) oil painting in a series of seven pieces I have painted for the South Carolina ETV Board Room.
This entire series is meant to be my own visual representation of the state of South Carolina.
I took the photo that inspired this painting while spending my 20th wedding anniversary with my favorite boyfriend. How lucky am I, that after two decades I still love (and LIKE) my husband, Tim.
We were driving through the mountains just enjoying a perfect summer day, when this view caught our eye. We had to go around a few bends to find a place to pull over, but since Tim is always up for a good view, he turned us around and we headed back to get out of the car and soak in the beauty of this special spot.
The view is from up on Caesars Head, looking towards Table Rock. So this is the backside of the view you can see of Table Rock from Travelers Rest.
I can't really think of anything I rather be doing on a day off than wandering around the countryside, with nothing on the agenda other than being together.
Not only will this painting remind me of a beautiful day with my husband, it will remind me of the decades that he has supported me in my dreams throughout a lifetime together.
This painting was the last one I had to finish in my series of seven and I was coming down to the wire, running out of time, but more importantly running out of energy and ability. I came home just about every day saying "This is going to be the worst painting I have ever done. There is no way it is going to turn out. I am serious this time. It really is ugly!"
And in his strong but gentle way, Tim assured me that I was completely capable of turning it into something worthwhile. So even though I didn't feel like he was right, I believed him and kept working on it every day.
He WAS right! It did actually turn out after all. I'm really happy with a strong piece to finish out this series.
"Table Rock" reminds me of the quiet strength of the wonderful man I get to share my life with. One who allows me the freedom to be the person that God created me to be, no matter the cost to his own personal comfort.
And fortunately for me, he prefers to hike the mountains alone with other mountain-loving/hiking men who enjoy carrying all their belongings on their back... while I get to stay home alone, enjoying the luxuries of running water and a soft bed. It is a win-win for both of us!