Greetings from the Great Smoky Mountains....Keep Scrolling Down*****************
It has been a very productive Memorial Day Weekend here at the Smokies. I've Started five Panels the past 48 hours and I'm going on the sixth later this evening. Each work solves a previous works problem. I guess that's called progress. After 2 years w/out making art I've wondered I would still be the same painter. Signs point to yes. Scenic isn't descriptive enough for this part of the country. Woodsy, majestic, rugged, giant, bouldery, i think boulderous sounds better but that's not a word i guess.
I feel like the paintings become truer the more I walk and hike through the various forests throughout the park. For example, my first drive through the smokies inspired awe so I painted w/out really knowing the ins and outs of what I was looking at. I painted this...
When you hike through a landscape you know it more intimately, you see the leaves of every tree, the moss covered fallen trees, the rocky slopes, the small creeks and everything that is underneath what your eye doesn't see from afar. You begin to recognize the different tree types, hemlocks, firs and birch and all their variegations. This is the first step to painting outdoors. Acclamation and immersion.