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This is Buzzy's Country Store blog designed to keep you apprised of what's going on at the Store. Buzzy's is a general store located in St. Mary's County, Southern Maryland near Pt. Lookout State Park. Buzzy and Jean Ridgell purchased the Store from Jean's father Harry Raley in 1953. Buzzy operated it until his passing in 2009. His son J. Scott Ridgell is the current owner.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Mary Lou Wednesday - Nelsons' Nothing But Net

The Buzzy Store - Mary Lou prints aside for a moment, my next favorite Mary Lou painting (above) features Joe Nelson and his son Aaron working their fish nets out in the river.  Mary Lou did this painting based on some photos that Joe's wife Michelle gave her several years ago.  

I have discussed this print previously (click here) about how it was a present to me from Stephanie and Shea and how it is hanging up in my dining room (below.)  (A fitting credit to Mary Lou's talents and skills, Nothing But Net passed my interior decorator's standards and therefore merits a front and center display on our dining room wall.)

Here is a little photo-taking tip for you.  Over the years you will always end up taking many photos of folks sitting around your dining room table, Thus, always try to ensure that what you have hanging on your wall as a backdrop is a nice photo or painting that won't draw too much attention away from the folks you are photographing at the table.  You want the focus of your photo to be on the people and not the background items.  Example follows of how Mary Lou's Nothing But Net here serves as a good backdrop for this photo I took of Steph's Dad Eddie and his brothers seated at my dining room table when they were all here visiting for Steph and Shea's wedding:
The Eljersma Boys - Rick, Bobbie, David and Eddie 2016
And speaking of how one's attention should be drawn to the center of a good painting or a photo, note how in Nothing But Net Mary Lou depicts Joe and Aaron both looking down such that you do not see their faces.   Mary Lou told Michelle that she really doesn't care to do faces of people in her works.  In fact, when Lila first requested Mary Lou to include Buzzy and Dick Wood on the porch playing checkers in the daytime Store painting, Mary Lou warned her that she would try but with no guarantees on the results as she did not do faces. 

I only mention this clever face thing that Mary Lou does in her paintings because it gives me an excuse to play a tune from Steve Marriott and his bandmates when they first started playing together as the Small Faces.

For more on Small Faces (click here.)

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