The Drive in Sunset came about like this…
NC Portrait Artists, Jonathan and Bonnie Burton headed off on an adventure to the State Line Drive In movie theater – about an hours drive across the mountains to Tennessee from their studio in Boone, NC. Upon arriving an hour early (when the gates opened), there were almost 100 cars already in line to get in!!! So the original plan was scrapped for the time being and they went to the Drive In Sunset instead. You can’t see the car…it’s just out of the frame. But we could drive right to the edge of the lake! We were at Watauga Point Picnic Area at Watauga Lake. It was a beautiful evening indeed!!!

Album APPs

July 14th, 2015

Once upon a time, in the olden days, a collection of 2×3” sized pictures lived in our wallets that we would proudly show off to our friends and family. But now, the portraits we create of you, your family, your children, your pets, etc can be made into an Album APP that takes the place of those antiquated “wallet” pictures..
At Burton Photography, we’ll create a custom Album APP that lets you keep your favorite portraits ready at your fingertips. A “Burton Photo” icon will reside on the home screen of your phone (or other mobile device) alongside your other APPs. When you tap on it, a gallery of the portraits we’ve created for you will pop up and you can swipe through them one by one. You can share individual portraits or the entire album on your social media pages and via email.
Yay! We love Album APPs and know you will, too!
Album APPs

Encaustic Portrait

July 9th, 2015

Encaustic is a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in” (enkaustikos). Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax and varnish to fusing the layers of wax. Encaustic consists of natural bees wax and dammar resin (crystallized tree sap). The medium is melted and applied with a brush. Each layer is then reheated to fuse it to the previous layer.

Encaustic painting is an ancient technique, dating back to the Greeks, who used wax to caulk ship hulls. Pigmenting the wax gave rise to the decorating of warships. There has been a revival of the use of encaustic in the 20th and 21st centuries.

My encasutic portrait collages are made from a portrait printed on 100% cotton rag art paper, acid free archival printed papers, preserved elements from nature, found and decorative items, etc, fused together with encaustic medium. I was introduced to this technique by extraordinary Fine Art Photographer, Jennifer Thoreson.

Encaustic portraits are extremely archival, but as with any fine art, care should be given to them. There should be no fear of the work melting in normal household conditions. The wax and resin will not melt unless exposed to temperatures over 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Leaving an encaustic collage in a car on a hot day would not be advisable or hanging a painting in front of a window with direct desert-like sun. They are also sensitive to freezing cold temperatures.
Some encaustics tend to “bloom” or become cloudy over time. If your collage appears indistinct, simply rub the surface with a soft cloth or nylon stocking. Over time the surface retains its gloss as the wax medium continues to cure and harden for up to 1-3 years.


Jonathan and I spent our morning at Linville Ridge photographing the 4th of JulyFamily Fun Day Celebration.  There were carnival games, face painting,  old fashioned kids games like sack races, egg race, water balloon toss, and lots of inflatables for the kids to jump and slide and run and play. After all the playtime came a delicious picnic lunch, watermelon eating contest and an ice carving demonstration by the chef at Linville Ridge.  The staff of Linville Ridge did a magnificent job capturing the spirit of the holiday.  A great time was enjoyed by all!  Here are the highlights of the morning.  Enjoy!



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