Dierks Lake, Arkansas

April 9, 2015

DierksLakePainting12022701

(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.  Clicking a second time will make it full-sized.)

Most of you know that Betsy and I go to Mt. Nebo in Arkansas each Spring.  We try to visit a new place each time we go, and a couple of years ago we stopped by Dierks Lake, a lake formed on the Saline River in Arkansas.  I got a picture of this old tree trunk along the shore, and I thought it would make a great painting.

It’s Spring!

March 30, 2015

2015----FFG-Spring-FlowersRC

(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.  Clicking a second time will make it full-sized.)

After what (for us) was a hard winter, it’s nice to see some signs of Spring in our yard.  These are some of the first flowers to bloom for us this year.

A Beach Sunrise

March 19, 2015

BeachSunrise15012701copyRG

(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.  Clicking a second time will make it full-sized.)

When Betsy and I were at Ocean Isle Beach in January, we saw many beautiful sunrises.  I played around with one of my photos trying to emphasize the colors while minimizing the details.  I rather like the result of my experimenting and am sharing that with you today.

Smoky Mountain Sunbeams

March 2, 2015

FoothillsParkwayPainting15021202

(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.  Clicking a second time will make it full-sized.)

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

FallBranchFallsPencilSketch12021302

(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.  Clicking a second time will make it full-sized.)

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

MiddleProng14012004PencilSketch

(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.  Clicking a second time will make it full-sized.)

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

ConservatoryFoliagePainting13012802

(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.  Clicking a second time will make it full-sized.)

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

GladeSkyPainting13011701

(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.  Clicking a second time will make it full-sized.)

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

ChristmasHouseFrontPencilSketch10121201

(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.  Clicking a second time will make it full-sized.)

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

HazelMountainOverlookSkylineWaterColor11112301

(This picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.  Clicking a second time will make it full-sized.)

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.


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 143 other followers