Tommy Thompson painted "Leiper's Fork Refuge" en plein air while visiting the small community of Leiper's Fork, Tennessee. He enjoyed meeting the nice lady who owns this historic home. Leiper's Fork is a small, picturesque community near Franklin, Tennessee. It is well known for its beautiful horse farms and rolling hills and hamlets. Thompson enjoys visiting there and taking in the unique sights and delicious country cooking. Many of the Country Music Capital's song writers/musicians have made their homes in Leiper's Fork.
Tommy Thompson enjoys painting at various spots on the Natchez Trace Parkway. One Sunday he and his wife visited the Colbert Ferry Park near the Tennessee River/Natchez Trace Bridge. They happened to find this picnic table decked out for a Sunday picnic and captured the scene on canvas en plein air. The park is named for George Colbert, who operated a stand and ferry here and reportedly charged Andrew Jackson $75,000 to ferry his army across the Tennessee River on their way to the Battle of New Orleans, the final major battle of the War of 1812. The park is a popular place on the Natchez Trace to stop to have a picnic.
This painting was done for one of our new friends, Becky Bauer, in the Nashville, TN, area. We enjoyed visiting her farm and could not resist capturing these beautiful animals on canvas. Becky is a lover of horses and also a very accomplished writer, whose work can be found in the monthly magazine, Hills and Hamlets, published in Leiper's Fork, Tennessee.