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blue ridge mountains
by derek mccrea
- Artist Notes
- I completed this painting while living in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
The painting is from a trip I took to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Many
people each year travel here to this spot to watch as the leaves change
colours in the fall. While a traveller camps out over the period of a 3
to 4 day weekend they can wake up each morning to see a difference in
the colours of the nature around them. The colour change is that
the travel to this location we had elk eating in the fields beside my
truck and we stopped and stood within feet of the elk. The road offered
wondrous cliff side views that took my breath away. Although my wife
seemed frightened by my driving so fast and close to the edge I was not
afraid unless we came up on some black ice. I learned while living in
Germany not to underestimate black ice on the roads in the winter as it
forms in the shady parts of the road where the sun does not melt the
water drainage turned ice form the night before.
replicates both an impressionistic and a realistic scene as the real
thing is not much different from this painting; that is how beautiful
this natural mountain range is. Flowing hilltops and sinking valleys
where the treetop horizon flows smoothly as though a cloud on the
ground. In this scene in fall it is morning and my windows are filled
with leftover dew from the night before.
The mountain range is
at such a high altitude I am unsure if this is clouds I am seeing
amongst the valley or is this fog? I find out later in the day as the
fog lightly lifts away and clouds remain amongst the terrain. The
morning sun is to my east, my right as I am looking over a cliff at
this fabulous site.
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Derek McCrea is a US Army Infantry Combat Soldier with two tours in Iraq with the 3rd Infantry Division, and this is his stress relief. He has always loved to paint; it allows him to express emotions on paper and r ...
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