Traveling with an Artist perspective

As many of you know, I am new to painting, and it amazes me how it has changed how I view things.

We traveled from Northern Michigan to Southern Alabama. The journey took us through Kentucky and Tennessee, the area that is full of foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. I found myself looking at the scenery and asking how would I paint it. I also paid more attention to the shades and tones that presented themselves with the changing position of the sun.

There was one particular moment that, if there had been a good place to stop, I would have taken a picture. We were traveling early in the morning on the Blue Grass Highway, south and west of Lexington. The road was winding through the foothills. We came around a curve in the road and the scene a head of us was breath-taking.

There was a morning mist  hugging the ground, and ahead of us a large hill was jutting out of the fog. The lower part of the hill was completely enshrouded in the cloud making the top look like an island in the sky. It was amazing.

I am planning on trying to reproduce it from the image in my mind.

On a side note: When we returned home to Michigan, I attended a Wine and paint. The painting we did was a scene woods in the fog. It taught me how to do the mist, and so I am eager to get started on my Kentucky Mist painting.

An additional point of interest during our trip. We were sitting at a red light on Hwy 59 in Foley Alabama when a car pulled up next to us. The car was old, the paint was faded and showed signs of rust, and dings in various places. The Door was painted advertising a fine art studio. Looking at the car, my first thought was, he must not  be very successful.

However as I looked at the car again, I realized he had painted the car to look like it had faded paint with rust and dings in it. My opinioned changed. He was a very good, creative artist.

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Comment by Pam Adams on August 11, 2017 at 4:15pm

I have only been painting three years but I also  have seen the world with "new eyes".  This year I have tried painting "Plein Air" and it is a very enlightening experience.  I live in Kentucky and everywhere I look there is a beautiful view to be painted,

Comment by Wenda Spooner on May 28, 2017 at 12:43pm
Isnt it great to view the world with painters eyes?! The artist car sounds really cool☺

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