Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Blue Ridge Sketchers #2


Carriage House at Moses Cone Manor
12x16 Kilamanjaro 140 lb. block

We had a very nice outing last Sunday - the weather was absolutely stunning - one of those perfect early early autumn days. The trees look like they know what's to come. The sugar maples have started turning as usual. We've had a lot of rain this summer, and depending on what source you read that could mean an excellent autumn leaf season (or not). I've always loved this carriage house and knew that I would paint it at some time, but never before had taken the time to do it.

The painting got off to a good enough start, sitting in the shade under a very old and majestic maple tree. As usual I did not finish it in the 2 hours that we plan for these outings. It took me half the time to struggle with the drawing. Sitting below on a hillside, I was looking up at the house. (I struggle with teaching perspective because it isn't one of my favorite things to teach). Well, getting it home I killed it. There are parts of it I like, but, ya win some and ya lose some I guess - but, here it is anyway. I'll be back as we say...

4 comments:

Sandy said...

You are Sooooooo Talented, welcome, keep posting!!

Gary said...

Thanks Sandy - what a nice comment!

drawn2life said...

I am enjoying your site so much! I grew up in Boone and visited the Cone Manor and Carriage house many times. I've also painted the carriage house and views from there many times as well. Thanks for sharing your art!

Gary said...

Thanks for checking in - you know then the kinda day we had! I love your site too - truly beautiful work.