Houglum Fine Art
   Original Oil Paintings in the Tradition of Old Masters
                                   JON HOUGLUM FINE ART STUDIO/GALLERY
                                   Cowee School Arts & Heritage Center
                                   51 Cowee School Road, Franklin, North Carolina, 28734


Coronavirus Shut-Down Paintings
"The coronavirus reared its ugly head in January, 2020. President Trump placed a travel ban on flights coming in to the USA from China a few days later. The coronavirus was rattling its sabers and firing warning shots across the bow of the world as a warning.

However; my wife, Carolyn and I proceeded with our previous plans of making a trip to Florida during the last week in February and the first week in March to spend time with several of my students, who have winter homes in Florida, and going out on location to paint the Florida scenery.

Our stops included visiting with Ash and Charlotte in Live Oak, Patsy and Neil in Orlando, Cathy and Steve in Fort Pierce, and Doug and Hene in Howey-in the Hills. 

The first “Plein Air” stop was on a huge ranch, thousands of acres, that was situated just north of Lake Okeechobee. Daryl from Sarasota joined Cathy, Patsy and me at the ranch to paint for the day. I painted two of the paintings in the gallery below on that ranch. The photos were taken on our outings.

From there we went to Cathy and Steve’s house near Ft. Pierce where Cathy and I went out on location to paint for two very full days. I painted there four of the paintings shown below.

Our next stop was a three day visit at Doug and Hene’s Castle, which is situated near Howey-in-the Hills. Doug wanted my assistance in getting three very large paintings started, that he could finish by himself later. His paintings were done in his art studio.

Upon our return to North Carolina, I resumed teaching my regular classes in my Studio/Gallery at the Cowee School Arts and Heritage Center, near Franklin, North Carolina. Then the school was put on “Shut-Down” status the third week in March because of the virus. I couldn’t have regular classes, but I was allowed to continue with the three and a half day pre-scheduled Personal Painting Retreat in my studio with Barbara from Asheville, North Carolina.

The fourth week of March I moved paint supplies and canvases to my garage/workshop in our basement, making it my art-studio-annex. The paintings in the gallery below were all done during the “Shut-Down” of 2020. I will continue to paint on location and in my art-studio-annex and add more paintings to the gallery below, until the “Shut-Down” is over.

Even though the Coronavirus Pandemic has our country in “Shut-Down”, my wife and I have appreciated the extra time together. We have realized how much we miss socializing with our friends and my students in the art classes at Cowee School. We have learned to make the most of the opportunities we have been given to continue our lives with hope for tomorrow." Jon
Paintings done during COVID-19 Shut-Down
Late September Stroll
Oil on Canvas
Gallery Wrap
24"X36"
$2600
Blue Ridge Monarch
Oil on Canvas
Gallery Wrap
29 1/2"X35 1/8"
$2000
Little Falls
Oil on Canvas
Gallery Wrap
48"X36"
$2500
Rocky Stream
Oil on Canvas
Gallery Wrap
29 1/4"X23 1/4"
$1500
Racoon Rock
Oil on Canvas
16"X24"
$700
Northern Lake Loon
Oil on Canvas
Gallery Wrap
24"X16"
$700
Rocky Cleft
Oil on Canvas
Gallery Wrap
24"X16"
$700
Intercoastal Pass
Oil on Board
12"X16"
$450
Sunfish  Bay
Oil on Board
12"X16"
$450
Gator Lake
Oil on Board
12"X24"
$550
Sandhill Bay
Oil on Board
12"X16"
$450
Fort Pierce Pine
Oil on Board
11"X14"
$375
Bend at Parker Meadows
Oil on Board
12"X16"
$450
Lake Chatuge
Oil on Board
12"X16"
$450
Meadow Stream
Oil on Board
12"X16"
$450
Parker Meadow Stroll
Oil on Board
12"X16"
$450
Angus Pasture
Oil on Board
12"X16"
$450
House Beyond
Oil on Board
12"X24"
$550
Time for Spring Work
Oil on Board
12"X16"
$450
Spring Color
Oil on Board
11:X14:
$375
A Lonely Place
Oil on Board
14"X24"
$625
Walking the Drive
Oil on Board
11"X14"
$375
Florida Range
Oil on Board
12"X24"
$550
Florida Pine
Oil on Board
11"X14"
$375
Barbara's Barn
Oil on Board
20"X24"
$950
Spring Pasture
Oil on Board
12"X16"
$450
Mount Hope Baptist Church
Oil on Board
12"X24"
$550
Mork's Place
Oil on Canvas
Gallery Wrap
16"X24"
$700
May 1, 2020 some of my students joined me to paint Plein-Air in a beautiful mountain valley near Franklin, North Carolina.  We practiced the 6 foot Social Distancing, while we painted. 
May 2nd. I finished the painting I started on the 1st. The weather was even nicer than the day before. This is a valley I plan to return to another day, because of it's beauty.