Asheville, NC Weekend Sketches

February 9, 2015 at 8:47 pm | Posted in north carolina, urban, winter | Leave a comment
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City Hall, looks like an art deco space ship.  I wonder if one day all the creative types will come aboard and it will launch off into the cosmos, leaving Asheville a cultural wasteland.

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This is near Vance Square, and I love the activity of people, places and musicians.  The long light, makes it an ideal for street artists and musicians to perform.  This is the best meeting place and there seems like all type of people have rendezvous here.

 

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Guitarist plays amidst the hustle and bustle.  Street people also patronize the location and they are eager to busk for money with less talent.  The 4th panel is a Dulcimer player in the Grove Park Arcade.  He was listed as a luthier and a cosmic new age spiritual performer.  His playing was no doubt celestial and uplifting.  His performance was between a drum, piano, and guitar.

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Dupont State Forest, Brevard NC

April 8, 2012 at 10:04 am | Posted in Digital Painting, IPAD, north carolina, river, spring | Leave a comment
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Appalachia, late summer

September 1, 2011 at 8:56 am | Posted in north carolina, river, south carolina, summer | Leave a comment

This is Matthews Creek, right outside my place…

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Blue Ridge Parkway looking east

And the parkway looking west

I forgot what this mountain is called but you can see it clearly from the parkway lookout.

 

Asheville Late Summer

October 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Posted in architecture, figure, north carolina, urban | Leave a comment

Asheville is always a welcome sight when you live in the rural south.  Art deco is prevalent all around and always great people to sketch.

City Bakery is a nice independent bakery/coffee house right on the edge of downtown.  I like it for good pastries and a relaxed place to sit and draw.  They come to you!

 

I had lost my sketch book after this drawing and was real disappointed that I almost filled it up and now lost a years worth of work.  Thank goodness that I put my e-mail info and a nice gentleman contacted me and reunited me with it.  This sketch is a down shot which is rare for me as I don’t look down much…which is important as an artist to get all point of views and perspectives.  Though I love how I drew the tire on the car closest to us in a different perspective.  I always loathe drawing cars as they require such precision and detail.    Often I can only draw boring boxy cars and when I try to get sleek or interesting, they fall apart.  That’s why I guess I was never a automobile designer.  I do respect those designers as it is my weakest trait.

The Grove Arcade is a wonderful Neo-Gothic style with some interesting shops.  This is the first time I just sat and drew inside.

This is the Old World or Old European Cafe or something like that.  It’s usually crowded and the service is slow, so it’s rare that I go in.  But it has a great window seat as you are literally sitting in a bay window elevated so you can see everything.  This was a quick night sketch which is always a challenge since you have to render lights and subtle darks with quick cross hatching.  It was a hot humid night and a nice quick down pour came in.  When I feel lonely and isolated, sitting in a nice comfortable seat in Asheville helps alleviate the blues.

North Carolina, Mars Hill

October 8, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Posted in north carolina | Leave a comment

This is about 20 minutes north west of Asheville and I discovered this great back road that took me to some amazing pastoral scenery.  I really love this part of the Southeast.  If I had some money this is where I would retire.  The mountains are so close but you feel a nice harmony between man and nature.  I did this sketch with the hope of trying to get that great late summer light with the subtle atmospheric color.  It would merit another sit down with some oils or chalk pastels to get more subtle treatment.

Grove Park Inn, Asheville

November 18, 2009 at 4:52 am | Posted in architecture, north carolina | 9 Comments
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The Grove Park Inn is a wonderful escape.  Located on top of Asheville it was built in the early 1900’s and has seen multiple U.S. presidents and celebrities visit.  I love the big fire places that bookend the cozy and spacious lobby.  I tend to spend entire Sundays there as they sell the NY times.

Fall colors in Asheville and Blue Ridge Parkway

November 18, 2009 at 4:46 am | Posted in fall, north carolina | Leave a comment
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The transition from Summer to Fall is bitter sweet, but up in the Blue Ridge you can see the transition much longer as Fall takes its sweet time reaching the valley in this part of the North America.

Jocassee kayak trip

September 7, 2009 at 4:19 am | Posted in lake, north carolina, south carolina, summer | Leave a comment
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My good friend Bill and I went on a late summer kayak trip to the northern most tip of lake Jocassee.  This man made lake seems very natural and full of wonders.  Last year we saw a black bear on the shore while paddeling back.

Panther Valley, NC in the fall

November 2, 2008 at 7:54 pm | Posted in north carolina | Leave a comment
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My good friend Eric, showed me the great waterfalls in Panther Valley, not far from the South Carolina border in Cashiers, NC.  This land is protected and the falls are hidden away but not impossible to find.

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