It rained all night and some of the morning. I didn’t have a rain fly to go outside, so I sat in my tent(staying at Linville Falls campground) and had cereal with bananas and almond milk for breakfast. I couldn’t connect to the internet, forgot to bring any books. I’m making a list of things to pack for the next trip out, so I as they say, I sat around and contemplated my navel.
I got on the parkway about 11:30 in the morning and was able to finish this painting just as it started to rain again.
Monday was more of the same, rain the night before and so foggy that painting a vista was not going to happen so I found a little picnic area with some tree cover and painted these Mountain Laurel under an over sized umbrella that I fastened to my easel with duct tape. I thought that Mountain Laurel was apart of the Azalea or Rhododendron family but Wikipedia says no, that they are a part of the heather family.
Tuesday the fog cleared early on the mountain but looking down into the valley the lower mountain tops looked as if islands in a sea of white.
Wednesday was the brightest day so far, but the clouds are still ever present. So today, God only knows why, I decided to paint an 18″ x 24″ painting. Nobody in their right mind paints a plein air painting this large, but who said I was in my right mind. It’s a view of Grand Father Mountain but not the classic view as seen from Hwy 105, but then again, I’m not on Hwy 105, I’m on the parkway.
Well, that’s all for right now, I’m going back to Black Mountain NC, rest for a few days, shop for all the things I forgot, do my chores around the house, go to a Tim Barnwell book signing on Saturday, celebrate my birthday on Sunday and then back to painting on Tuesday, thanks for tuning in.