Trouble Down South Art Challenge
Painting No. 20
August’s Gourd Banjo
My next paintings will deal with characters and scenes from my Bootlegger Haze (Books One and Two) for the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta. August crafts a banjo from a gourd, and his grandson, Buford Tee, finds it very interesting. Read more below.
The next morning, August awoke to the faint sounds of plucked strings, emanating from his banjo downstairs. He stirred slowly, his back having stiffened from the damp, wintry air that had bathed the room during the night. He had not lit a fire in his room the previous night and regretted it now. He sat upright in his discolored union suit, arching his back and rubbing his neck. Then he got out of bed and pulled on his overalls and cotton shirt that lay across the back of the spindled-back rocking chair. After sliding into his night slippers, he eased down the stairs, not wanting to wake Marie Claire who seemed to need all the rest she could get last night, too exhausted to even eat the supper he had fixed for her.
As he descended the stairs, he looked down, finding Buford Tee squatted on the floor at the base of the stairs, his small body hunched over the gourd banjo, examining its design and testing it for sound.
“Ahem,” August said, clearing his throat as he stepped down into the foyer.
Startled, Buford Tee let the banjo drop to the floor, making a thud sound and whirring noises as the rounded base of the gourd wobbled back and forth.
“I’m sorry, Sir,” Buford Tee said nervously, afraid he had broken it, but knowing he shouldn’t have been playing with it as his mama had warned against it the night before.
He stood abruptly and leaned against the newel, waiting for August to strike him, his slim body plastered to the post.
“What’s got you all up in a tether, boy?” August asked, noticing the terror that had swept across the boy’s face.
Buford Tee looked down at the banjo, and August followed. The banjo was undamaged.
Prints are available for purchase of the painting “August’s Gourd Banjo.” Prints are available in sizes 8 x 10, 11 x 14, and 16 x 20 inches (unframed). Email Katrina Williams at stepartdesigns at hotmail dot com for prices.
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I am an artist and an author of southern and historical fiction and short stories. View all my artwork on my artist page at Daily Paintworks.
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