Painting through the National Parks, Uncategorized

Painting the National Parks: Shenandoah

Check out the story behind this impression of Shenandoah National Park on my sister blog Adele Lassiter – American Nomad

I love mountains, and The Blue Ridge Mountains have a piece of my heart. I am always drawn to the vast rolling jagged hills of the Blue Ridge. One of the most stunning tracts of Appalachia is in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park.

Located only 75 miles from DC, this oasis of pastoral beauty is flanked by the Shenandoah Valley to the west and the Piedmont to the east. This land is steeped in history and is a place that time seems to have forgotten. Here to can hike 500 miles of trails and enjoy scenic vistas on the Skyline Drive.

I knew I wanted to paint an image inspired from my time in Shenandoah, but struggled with which image to select. I decided to paint a scene from the Stony Man trail – where the rocks appear like a shipwreck against the mountains – windswept and undaunted.

Shenandoah is known for is vast valleys, mountain passes, but the rocks again the lush landscape are my favorite scenese.

I wanted this to be a fluid painting. When you look at a Blue Ridge vista it is so sweeping details run together into a montage of color and light.

I focused on values and making the focal point of this painting the rock.

To learn more about Shenandoah National Park click here

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