Photos from Hambidge

In November I enjoyed an artist residency at Hambidge Residency Center in North Georgia. Here are a few of the thousands of images I took, mostly for my new paintings. To read more about my adventure, check out my Without a Net blog. The above image is from the Hambidge grounds. They own 600 acres in the breathtaking North GA mountains. 

My studio table

I'd break the internet if I posted all the mushroom photos I took. Here is one.

There were several site works of art in the woods.

We visited a few of the other artist studios. 

We had a little fall color left. It was chilly, which meant less sweat and fewer ticks.

The many pools and ponds made for good reflection photos.

Memorable Memorial Day

Elk River Valley
I drove around taking snaps on  quick trip home to Steamboat Springs to see family for Memorial Day. My student's need some landscape images to work from. Good thing I grew up in Paradise.

Elk River

Gore Range near Silverthorne

Borden Pond with Sleeping Giant 

Storm Mountain from Fish Creek Meadows

Flattops Wilderness and Lake Catamount from Rabbit Ears Pass

Old Truax barn on Elk River Road

Sleeping Giant

Flattops from near Sleeping Giant

Storm Mountain from Sleeping Giant

Wolcott Reservoir 

Ranch in Elk River Valley

Mesas in Kremmling, CO

Good Read

Unrelated to the photo above, my good friend Kerry Madden-Lunsford just had this wonderful article published in the Los Angeles Times. I enjoyed it so much I just had to share. It's about her visit to a local prison to teach children's book writing to inmates. 
Kerry's Article

Yard Blooms

Spring in Birmingham has been over-the-top spectacular this year. Here are some blooms from our yard. Above: Lenten Rose

Creeping Phlox

Solomon Seal


New Without a Net Post

But Here's the Joy         2016        20" x 16"       Oil on Board

I recently posted a new entry on my Without a Net blog. It's about the mind state behind the painting above. I'll save you from more explanation and give you the link:
But Here's the Joy

Italy Trip: Venice

On our way to our next stop (Venice, above) we took an afternoon stop in Vicenza where we had lunch on our own and some free time (below.)

This is my only shot of me eating. Vicenza is home to the very famous architect of the Renaissance, Palladio. You'll recognize his signature in many of the buildings of modern day Washington DC. After lunch I did a walking tour of Vicenza to see about 20 of his buildings there. Exciting for an art historian, but not so much for normal people, perhaps.
We arrived in Venice in the late afternoon. We'd heard that the crowds were atrocious, which was true, but I learned here that going out in the early morning and staying up late provided ample time to walk around and miss the tourists. 

The Grand Canal from the famous Rialto Bridge.

I took very little time to see the main tourist sights. Mostly I walked the streets, as you can see by my photos. Venice itself was far more interesting than its churches and art. It consists of:


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