Archive for May, 2012

Bald River

May 31, 2012

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Betsy and I have often visited Bald River Falls near Tellico Plains, Tennessee.  But we have only hiked Bald River above the falls once.  This drawing is based on a picture taken during that hike.  With scenery this pretty we’ll have to go back soon.

Double Delight Rose Water Color

May 29, 2012

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Double Delight has long been a favorite rose of mine.  I had it when I lived in Oho, and it now grows in our yard here in Tennessee.  I like both the color and the fragrance.

The picture on which this drawing was based is shown below.

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Alec’s Red Rose

May 24, 2012

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Everything in our yard has bloomed much earlier than normal this year.  We had a very mild March, and though temperatures dropped close to freezing a few nights earlier this month our irises and roses are blooming several weeks before they normally do.

This is one of our red roses — Alec’s Red.  It’s one of our container roses and produces beautiful, full blossoms.

The picture on which this drawing was based is shown below.

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A Change in Weather is Coming

May 22, 2012

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In early April Betsy and I travelled to Asheville, North Carolina.  It was beautiful when we started out, but the forecast was for showers later in the day.  While stopped at a rest area in the mountains I noticed clouds behind a ridge to the west.  Much of the sky was still blue, but there were gray clouds among the white clouds we had seen up to that point.  Later in the day we did get that rain.

The picture on which this pastel was based is shown below.

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Ocean Isle Beach

May 21, 2012

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We had perfect weather when we were at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, earlier this month.  There weren’t many people on the beach while we were there, and the beach and the sky seemed to go on forever.  This water color is based on a photo taken during one of our walks along the beach.

Electric Shock Iris

May 17, 2012

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This is a painting of one of our beautiful irises this year.  Electric Shock has blue standards and white falls with blue streaks in them.  We’ve enjoyed having it in our yard for several now.

Dunes at Ocean Isle Beach

May 15, 2012

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Sand, sea and sky are often the main attractions of a visit to the beach, but the dunes and the grasses on them can be beautiful as well.  This drawing shows the view from the dunes at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

Ocean Isle Beach

May 14, 2012

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Betsy and I spent a week at one of our very favorite places — Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.  The weather was nearly perfect, and we practically had the beach to ourselves part of the time.  The painting above shows the wide beach we enjoyed while we were there.

The picture on which this painting was based is shown below.

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Paradise Rose

May 3, 2012

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Our roses are putting on a show now.  One of the first roses to bloom this year was Paradise, which has a very nice form and a slight fragrance.  This drawing is based on a photo taken in mid-April.

Morning in the Mountains

May 1, 2012

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Early last month Betsy and I spent a couple of days in the mountains of western North Carolina.  We were able to get up onto the Blue Ridge Parkway fairly early one morning, and although the sky was bright and blue, there were clouds in the valley below.  We enjoyed the scene above from the Grassy Ridge Mine Overlook.

The picture on which this painting was based is shown below.

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