Friday, February 13, 2009

"Dusk on the Blue Ridge"

"Dusk on the Blue Ridge"9" x 12"
watercolor on archival cold-pressed paper

We took a ride through Shenandoah National Park, stopping to sketch, paint, and photograph the natural beauty all along the way. When it came time to do a painting for my upcoming North Light book, Watercolor Tricks & Techniques (publication date Feb. 2010) I had to take the challenge of this beautiful, ancient mountain range as night fell and the clouds gathered against the horizon.

As always, you can click on the image for a larger version, optimized for the web.

The view is unsurpassed there--visit
and you'll see how special this place is.

Funny, I've had a long relationship with this area before I ever saw it. The Irish side of my family lived near there in the 1750s before the long migration to North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and finally Missouri. And I once wrote a script for Marty Stouffer's nature program on TV, called "Shenandoah Springtime." We still own a videotape, so we can watch it whenever we're homesick for the mountains...

My husband's house was in Front Royal, Virginia, at the mouth of the National Park's Skyline Drive...gorgeous country for an artist! (The house is his daughter's, now that he's move to Missouri! It's here:, and what a great studio it would have been!) We have our memories, though, and our paintings of the mountains.

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