I am thrilled to learn that Mossy Creek has been selected as the Best in Show winner of the Gaston County Art Guild award in their Virtual Visual Harvest Show. There is a video of judge Katie St. Clair’s comments on this webpage, and Mossy Creek is the first piece that she critiques.
This scene is from a lovely creek in Julian Price Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Boone, NC. A wild mountain stream is so beautiful as it rushes over the rocks, sometimes carrying logs in its wake.
I recently completed another extra large watercolor I’ve titled, “Mossy Creek.” This one was so large that I had to start work on it flat on the floor before I could move it to my work table. If I had to pick just one, either a weathered barn or a beautiful mountain stream filled with mossy rocks and waterfalls, I’m not sure I could decide! I just really enjoy painting the all of the different, natural textures and colors.
With the COVID shutdown, my husband, Bob, and I enjoy taking scenic drives up into the mountains. Soco Falls is a beautiful double waterfall just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, a bit north of Cherokee, NC. I painted this oil on canvas from a photo Bob took on a recent rambling adventure we had driving through the mountains.
This watercolor I have titled “Gray” as both the sky and the weathered barn wood provide this contrast for the bright, vibrant trees and the grasses that are growing in the field in the foreground. I can just imagine what that will smell like when they cut it, making hay!
Shunkawauken Falls is a roadside 150-foot tall waterfall just outside Columbus (near Tryon and Saluda) on the twisting, scenic White Oak Mountain Road. The photo my husband Bob took on a recent outing that we enjoyed made for a perfect composition for this long, tall, gallery wrap canvas.
I recently decided to find a snowy image to paint with the idea of using a photo of my finished painting as a holiday card. I painted this oil on canvas from a photo my husband Bob took on one of our winter walks when we had a rare and beautiful snow.
With the world on pause right now, I’ve been spending more time in my studio. My husband, Bob, has captured many photos of beautiful scenery we’ve enjoyed on drives we’ve taken when the weather is nice. These images have been inspiring to me, and I have enjoyed creating these recent paintings: