Entries by David Collins

The leaves, they are a changing

The leaves are changing in high elevations.  The Mount Pisgah range is 4000 to 5000 ft.  Cool nights and sunny days work together to create the change.  It’s just the beginning, this week I’ll be painting at Graveyard Fields, the colors there are magnificent, so check it out in a few days.

Pasture on the Parkway

“Pasture on the Parkway”, 14″ X 18″, open acrylic on canvas done in plein aire Five out of the last six paintings have included a body of water, It was nice to paint this pastoral scene without water in the foreground.  The parkway runs adjacent to land owned by the public and used for many […]

Price Lake

“Price Lake”, 18″ X 24″, open acrylic on canvas done in plein aire Price Lake is a man made lake.  The dam that created the lake is located under the bridge beside where I painted.  I stood next to the rail with the water flowing beneath me.  The lake was created on 4,200 acres gifted […]

James River

This painting was done from the walkway under the James River bridge.  It’s a beautiful place.  I’m going back soon and paint a series of paintings from this location.  I could paint 50 paintings under this bridge and never paint the same thing twice.  I’m guessing that the bridge is 300 yds long.  The James […]

Painting at Otter Lake with Rudy

Rudy’s painting and camping with me for the rest of the summer.  He loves the adventure. Otter Lake Otter Lake is near Glasgow Virginia.  The elevation in the area is less than 1000 ft.  Otter lake is created by Otter creak and the Otters and flows in to the James River.  Rudy and I sat […]

Wash Creek Valley

  The overlook is 35 miles from the cottage, my chores were done I got on the road around 10:30 am.   I started painting around noon, not finishing till four in the afternoon.  If I had painted in the sun, I would have baked, it was a hot day.  Luckily, I painted this one […]

Lake Tomahawk

Off the turnpike taking care of domestic issues at our  Black Mountain Cottage but I found a few hours to paint this view of Lake Tomahawk one evening. On another note: Shawn Hart a photography student at Appalachian State University photographed me painting last month at one of the overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  […]

Bridges and flowers

One of the most distinctive features of the Blue Ridge Parkway are its stone bridges. This one(there are 168) allows the parkway to cross under another road.  All of the overpasses except one are stone-faced arches.  The stone is from local quarries or stone was obtained on site from rocks cut during the construction. 11″ […]