My three black & white photographs of the snow at the Roberts Ranch are dated December 1962 or January 1963. I think that there were more than one snow year in Madera, and maybe in January of 1962. What I do remember also was that a calf was born on Christmas in the newer feed barn, and I thought that was a snow day also. The property has been abandoned now, and I suspect that dad’s string of red lights is still on the old house. Anyway, here is a memory of that scene, whatever exact year it might have been, at the address then of 24245 Raymond Road, Madera, California.
Commission as a gift for Father Craig
Oil Based paint on masonite panel 48″ x 72″ -September 2015
Oil based paint on canvas. 48″ x 48″
This was for the black and white show last April. After the “flag issue” began in South Carolina, added the red color to the 2nd National “stainless banner.” There were some other minor changes also from the original post of this painting. The painting depicts a company of the 3rd Confederate Infantry in Cleburne’s Division in an attack during the later weeks of Atlanta Campaign, July and August 1864. This was after Hood took over the Army of Tennessee.
There are other lanscapes that were lost in past times. Some may turn up and if so, will show here.
Bertie’s Place – Pismo 2005 – Moved to New Bertie Mae Page
Bertie’s Place – Pismo 2006 – Moved to New Bertie Mae Page
Bertie’s Place – Pismo 2009 – Moved to New Bertie Mae Page
Here is one that turned up after being buried in a stored portfolio.
The Frank G. Desmond and Sons Grain Elevator at Daulton – 1981.
It is on the Southern Pacific spur line to Raymond. Painted from memory in 1981, it is no longer there as it was torn down around 1968. The telephone located next to the scales bench was listed as Daulton Station. The tall structure in the back was the original six tanks of wood, built in 1938. Similar elevators are still visible in Madera County. One is the Albonico ranch near Road 30 and Avenue 10, and another is the Valley Feed and Fuel on Gateway between Yosemite and 4th Street in Madera. The six large round tanks, built in the late 1940s, were corrugated steel twenty feet in Diameter.
The second and newer is Reed Tire’s at Ripperdan corner on CA 145, Madera Avenue.
This was painted this year and I passed this location daily on Avenue 7 at Ripperdan for twenty-six years commuting to Firebaugh. I always thought it would disappear before I could paint it.