The long story goes like this: I was looking for a spot to paint on the Haw River near the Bynum pedestrian bridge. Two boys with a pellet gun told me I could turn left at the end of the bridge (where there is access to the river, but no trail) and when I get to the gate at the end of the street, I could walk as far as I wanted. On the gate was a no trespassing sign with the name Ricky Spoon and phone number. So I called Ricky and he allowed access. It turns out Ricky is a well-known developer in Pittsboro with a reputation. I never found a trail to the river, so I cut through the unkempt woods to get there.
Red and black cicadas were all over. And it turns out that they like oil paint. Either that or the natural turpenoid I was using. One cicada was trying to eat the can.
Haw Below Bynum
Haw Cicada on canvas bag
The second time I went to this spot, I startled two young deer who ran down the trail in the painting. Maybe they left behind the two ticks that I found on me. 16″ x 20″ Oil on board
Trail at Rockgarden
The path of least resistance, though you might get a few bumps and scrapes along the way. Jones Gap is near Greenville, SC and near the log cabin my dad built off Devil’s Fork Road. Shady and cool. 20″ x 16″ oil on canvas
Middle Saluda River at Jones Gap
This one is from Hard Climb Hill, but since the hard climb isn’t apparent in this painting, I’m reserving the title for future work. 18″ x 24″, oil on canvas.
View from the Concrete Bridge
Bynum Dam on the Haw River
Painting this, an observer told me he was the last person to work on the dam. About twenty years ago, the operator of the dam got disgruntled and lodged 2 x 4s somehow to sabotage the dam and render it useless. People were canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming and hiking. More information here.
24″ x 18″, Oil on canvas.
There’s still time to sign up for my drawing class at the Carrboro Arts Center.
We’ll work on basics via still lifes, plein air, portraiture, figure drawing and illustration.
Monday, March 21, 2011 to Monday, May 2, 2011
6:15 pm to 8:45 pm
Stones on the Philosopher’s Way
Fresh paint on March 14. 18 x 24 oil on board
I got outside to do some sketching just before dusk today. I was headed to a high point but crossed water and had to stop there. Trails and water!