This past week, I had the pleasure of experiencing both with the Cape Fear Urban Sketchers at the Bellamy Mansion.
A little history on the Bellamy, which is in downtown Wilmington – It was built for Dr. John Bellamy in between 1859 and 1861, survived being taken over by Federal troops in the Civil War and a disastrous fire in 1972. It has gone through massive restoration to preserve it as the beautiful landmark it is today. And the gardens around it? Don’t get me started on those lovelies..(they were added in later for Mrs. Bellamy, around 1870
The day was bright and warm, and the garden starting to burst with life and color; the perfect place for art inspiration!
I was particularly drawn to the brick foundation of the mansion, that in places was discolored, and chipped – which in my eyes was broken perfection.
I was so caught up in the lovely day, I ended up staying after everyone left to continue photographing some of the glorious architecture and angles of the mansion.
If you are ever in Wilmington, NC, I highly recommend visiting the Bellamy Mansion – and if you are an artist, most definitely do not forget your art supplies, for you will be sure to find some inspiration there!