Thursday, August 30, 2012

Daily Landscape Painting, "Blue Ridge Switchback" 6x8 SOLD

Today's daily painting is one of my favorites.  We decided to take a drive to Water Rock Knob, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in beautiful North Carolina.


It was a beautiful, clear October day and I tried hard to capture the clear skies and gorgeous fall foliage.

Living in Florida for 40 years, I miss the fall colors and smells I remember from my childhood in Ohio.  It is  the best part of my visits to North Carolina and I try to get there in mid-October every year.

As a child I loved to rake the leaves into a pile and take a running jump right into the middle.  In those days we would rake the yard and then burn the leaves.  There was nothing better than walking to school on a sidewalk covered with leaves, crackling under my feet as I shuffled along.  Evenings conjure up memories of hay rides followed by warm donuts and cider.  That's before the days of Dunkin Donuts, these were home made and covered in sugar and cinnamon.

I am sorry my grandchildren will never have those memories, but I know when they think back on their childhoods they will find something equally as pleasing to remember.

4 comments: said...

What great colors Carol.I especially love the flecks of beautiful color in the front for the leaves.

Raised in the rainy area of England, my memories of the leaf pile was one to stay away from. It was only after coming to the USA that I discovered (with my children) the joys of jumping into the heap of leaves. Thanks for bringing that memory back,

Kay said...

you and I were lucky to grow up in Ohio with its beautiful falls and crackling leaves. My sweet Dad helped my sons on a visit there one fall to collect the leaves and made a book of them pressing them between wax paper. I am trying to find them again...somewhere packed away.

ashok said...

lovely use of colors!

hmuxo said...

Such beautiful Fall colors that we'll be seeing soon!! Excellent painting, Carol!!..looks wonderful framed.