Sunday, October 31, 2010
I am continually searching for the drama of light. Late afternoon, between 4 and 6, the light is incredible on the Parkway. Whether peaking through the trees or highlighting the tops of trees or setting over the mountains, the sun light is a new drama each evening. It never stops to amaze me how the Light changes everything and "makes all things new"! What an incredible lesson from above!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The extreme peacefulness of the hot sun, fall breeze and sound of water falling over the dam fills my soul when I reflect on this day of painting by the lake. Even though the Parkway is crowded with tourists this time of year, there is still the "peace that passes understanding" that envelops me as I become immersed in the light and shadow of the painted image
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
This painting was done on location at Otter Lake. I brought it back into the studio to tweak it a bit and never decided if it was really finished or not. Many times, I just have to stop working on a painting and sit it aside for awhile, then return to it a few weeks later to determine if there is anything else to improve. Daily painting forces me to move on and not analyze too much!
Monday, October 25, 2010
This painting is the second in a series of paintings from Raven's Roost which is on the northern section of the Virginia Parkway near Verona. However, I traveled over 100 miles of the Parkway this weekend taking photos of the fabulous vistas from mp 217 (Cumberland Gap) back into Roanoke. It is very hard to paint in the studio when the weather is perfect and the color is near the peak of the season!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Late afternoon sun provides such a richness to the colors of fall. The drama of light and color unfolded in magnificent pageantry as an audience of one captured this panoramic view near Chimney Rock Overlook.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
To experience wonder is to experience human life and human purpose. No other creature on earth can appreciate a sunset or sunrise except the human being. In this way, our uniqueness sets us apart from other living things as having the ability to give thanks, to worship, to marvel at Creation and its Beauty.
"The earth is the Lord's and all it's fullness..." Psalms 24:1
Monday, October 18, 2010
I really enjoyed painting at Otter Lake yesterday. What an incredible day to be outside! John Muir said, "I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in." Liza Field brought this quote to my attention and I found this to be my sentiment yesterday as well. Being outside really helps me to understand who I am inside. When I am outside, I am connected to something so much bigger than myself and I experience a love for nature and for God in a very deep "spirit of reverance and sacred awe".
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The Quarry Overlook in late afternoon has such a feel of peacefulness. I love to sit under the trees and breathe deeply. The early fall air is clean and warm but not muggy. The lack of humidity allows for better views of the valley and the sounds of nature provide the symphonic sound tract to the ultimate "imax"!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I really enjoyed my trip north to milepost 0. My series is now including the northernmost part of the Parkway and I have many inspirational photos of this section of the road. Raven's Roost is definitely one of my favorite spots. A fellow artist who is also posting her work (valleyartproject.blogspot.com) and has done this same scene (June 11) bought this painting. The highest compliment comes from other artists who admire my work! Thanks, Pam.
Monday, October 11, 2010
North Carolina has their share of tunnels but Virginia has only one. Around milespost 53, nine miles north of the James River bridge, Virginia's tunnel sits angled into the mountainside. In the afternoon, shadows envelop it quickly but in the morning the sun hits the southern side for a perfect photo. This painting was done in the studio after driving an inspirational 120 miles. Last weekend I drove 250! I am, at last, having time to explore the farther reaches of this magical road.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Around milepost #45 the parkway runs along a narrow ridge and the view of the eastern and western sides of the Blue Ridge is spectacular. This view is looking west as the sun is just beginning to set behind the mountains. Deep thalo blue shadows envelop the land as the higher contours pick up just the last remaining bits of sunlight.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
From the Parkway bridge that crosses the James River, the reflections of the north bank captured my attention. The driftwood and amber relections in the water were stunning in the morning light. Hopefully, I can fit in another few days this fall to paint on location!
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Around milepost 63, the James River passes under the Parkway. Last Saturday, I and some artist friends enjoyed the day painting from the bridge. I am looking forward to more plein air painting as the leaves continue to turn. We had so much fun! And the best part is that time does not exist when I am caught up in moments of beauty like this!
Monday, October 4, 2010
I finished two paintings on Saturday and two paintings on Sunday at the Peaks. This is the last of the weekend paintings, and my favorite. Trying to narrow down the subject in the open landscape is really hard. Looking through my camera lens helps me to compose a bit before beginning the painting.
Friday, October 1, 2010
On September 18th and 19th, the Blue Ridge Plein Air Painters met at the Peaks to paint. I enjoyed great conversation and meeting new artists and the weather was fabulous! The next few postings will be paintings done on location at the Peaks on this gorgeous weekend.