Old Baldy, 11x14 oil on panel, ©2014, Fay Terry
The great thing about islands is that many of them have lighthouses; the light on Bald Head Island is one of my favorites which I have painted many times from different angles.
I am fortunate that my good friend Teej invites me to visit her there and I usually get a lot of painting done while on the island. It is a painting paradise.
The light is always referred to as Old Baldy. The first lighthouse was built in 1795 and was pulled down and replaced using many of the same bricks in 1817. It was covered with a plaster mixture of sand and lime. Old Baldy was built to light the mouth of the Cape Fear river and was not meant to illuminate Frying Pan Shoals, a dangerous area for ships, which is eighteen miles southeast of the island.
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