Randy Welborn Studio

A Summer Remembered
circa 1956

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The South Park Drive-In Theatre, one of about seven in this area, was a family entertainment center in the '50's. Opening in 1950, it featured a snack bar with everything from popcorn to fried chicken, a playground, and a concrete patio for lawn chairs. The painting titled "A Summer Remembered" captures the nostalgia of the first day of summer in 1956. Depicted in the scene is a 1941 Cadillac Series 75 Limousine, which was known as the "Grey Ghost" due to its primer coat. The artist also included other classic cars such as a '47 Chrysler and a '54 Chevy Bel-Air. The '56 Buick Century is also featured, depicted as a hard top. The classic '56 Corvette is highlighted in the scene, reflecting the neon colors of the South Park Drive-In, which was opened in 1950. The artist also included original posters of the movies playing that day, "The Vanishing American" and "Crashing Las Vegas". Most of the artist's source photos are black and white. Painting a full color work using only black and white photos as a source can be difficult because it requires the artist to infer and interpret the colors that would have been present in the scene. This can be challenging, but having been there in person, the artist has strong understanding of the historical context and aesthetic of the time period depicted in the painting. The painting depicts a scene that evokes a sense of nostalgia, encapsulating a "Moment to Remember."

Description by the Artist

Watch this video presentation by the artist describing the painting process, the research, and the hidden trivia in the painting.

The original painting is 36x24" on masonite panel, completed in 1986.

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