Smoky Mountain Sunbeams

March 2, 2015

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I got the photo on which this image is based when Betsy and I visited the Smokies just before Valentine’s Day.  Our first stop was along the Foothills Parkway outside of Townsend, Tennessee.  It was a cold, overcast day, but we could see sunbeams breaking through the clouds when we looked toward Mount LeConte.  I ‘tweaked’ the photo to bring out the sunbeams, and this is the result.  I rather like it.

Fall Branch Falls

February 19, 2015

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Betsy and I enjoy celebrating Valentine Day by visiting waterfalls.  February is a great month for hiking here in the South.  The weather is usually fairly mild, and we often have the waterfalls to ourselves.

This pencil sketch is based on a photo I took of Fall Branch Falls near Blue Ridge, Georgia, in February, 2012.

Middle Prong Pencil Sketch

February 9, 2015

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Last January Betsy and I traveled along Middle Prong of Little River in the Smokies above Tremont.  I got the photo which is the basis for this color pencil sketch while enjoying the water rushing over and around boulders in the stream.

Biltmore Conservatory Foilage

January 19, 2015

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This painting is based on a photo I took a couple of years ago in the Conservatory on a January visit to Biltmore House and Gardens in Asheville, North Carolina.  I just liked the color and shape of this foliage.

A Wintry Sky in the Glade

January 8, 2015

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I often think that cloudy winter skies are boring, but often that is not the case at all.  This painting is based on a photo I took a couple of years ago while looking east as the sun set on a cloudy Winter’s day.  The color of the sky was gorgeous.

Our Christmas House

December 15, 2014

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Our house is all decorated and ready for Christmas.  Betsy is wishing for some snow to complete the picture, but I’m not sure she’ll get it.  This sketch is based on a photo I took several years ago.

 

 

 

 

Hazel Mountain Overlook

November 27, 2014

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Betsy and I spent the Thanksgiving Weekend in 2011 in the Shenandoah National Forest, enjoying Skyline Drive and the beautiful scenery it presented.  We stayed in Skyland, venturing out each day to explore the area.  An early morning stop at Hazel Mountain Overlook along Skyline Drive allowed me to capture the photo upon which this watercolor is based.

Noccalula Falls Park Wedding Chapel

November 10, 2014

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When Betsy and I went to Texas in September, we broke up the trip by stopping at Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsen, Alabama.  We stopped to see the waterfall, but we also spotted a beautiful little wedding chapel.  This painting is based on a photo I took while walking through the park.

After the Storm

September 29, 2014

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This image was scanned from a slide I took in June, 1987, on the island of Bali in Indonesia.  I was one of a group of college professors who were going to China to teach for the summer.  We spent a few days in Bali before continuing our journey to China.

One afternoon a storm came up from the Pacific while I was along the beach.  The storm was quickly over, and I snapped this picture as the sun started breaking through the clouds again.

Star Struck Day Lily

September 8, 2014

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We have almost as many day lilies in our yard as we have roses. Star Struck has huge, beautiful yellow blossoms which light up a corner of our day lily bed.


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