Friday, June 26, 2009

On Top of Roan Mountain

In June I spent a total of 4 days on Roan Mountain on the North Carolina - Tennessee border hiking and painting. It was an incredible experience and I wanted to share just some of my trip. If you have never been to Roan Mountain, I highly recommend it. It is one of the most beautiful places in all of the East Coast!

A full palette of colors is still insufficient to capture this scene!

Noontime Clouds

On top of Jane Bald looking on to Round Bald. Not something I would recommend painting but I just had to try.

The trail you see is the Appalachian Trail which borders North Carolina and Tennessee. Here your Left foot is in NC and your right foot is in TN.

Just after supper.

Last light on Round Bald a view from Carver's Gap

Here is my kitchen, bedroom, and art storage room.

Painting at Cloudland Recreation Area was really in the clouds on this day. Just a note here about painting greys, you just don't use black and white. There are all kind of colors on a foggy day. I actually used about every color on my palette except black to paint this scene.

On my way home I saw this beautiful creek along NC261 at Bakersville, NC. I just had to stop and try to paint it. A bit too much information and a little overworked though very colorful.
All in all it was a great trip with 15 paintings, a lot of exercise and enough inspiration for a year's worth of Roan Studio work. If you would like to see more photos of my trip go to