See something, draw something! (and kill your iPhone)

A few days ago, I accidentally “water boarded ” and killed my iPhone when I swam in the Chattahoochee River near Jones Bridge. I didn’t get any useful information from the technique but I did enjoy 3 days of joy and freedom until my came back to life after drying out in a bag of white rice. Meanwhile, I finished these 2 new pastels for my upcoming exhibits this fall. Stay tuned for details…

Summer storm over Sharptop studyThis is a horizontal study of a previous storm over sharp top in summer.

Wildcat Creek 2I just finished this about 30 minutes ago; based on sketch and run Wildcat Creek trail last week in Dawson Wildlife Management (thanks Mountain Stewards for the most beautiful trail in North Georgia)

Rick Lubrandt on Chattahoochee

See something, draw something…Rick Lubrandt and Leonard Thibodeau on the Chattahoochee.

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Two new pastels for Chattahoochee exhibit

Just finished these two new pastels of the Chattahoochee river for the show at Alliance Française. (Also they’ll be on display at the Mountain Conservation Trust fundraiser on October 11. Stay tuned for details..

This one is base on an early morning trip last month with Rick Lubrandt and Leonard Thibodeau. We stopped at an indian fishing wire near Settles bridge believed to be thousands of years old…

Indian fish wier

…and this is based on sketches from the East Palisades beach (still finishing this one..)

East Palisades beach

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Hot off the easel!

Just finished this pastel of early morning on the Chattahoochee for the Alliance Francaise exhibit (it will be on display at the Mountain Conservation Trust fund raiser in 3 weeks)

Settles bridge

Coopers hawk poster

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More live sketches from Quebec…

After an overnight in Baltimore with my great friend Dr. McKay Jenkins and his lovely family, we crossed into Quebec for about the 50th time in 20 years. Other than that unusual encounter with a surely Quebec border guard, the time in Quebec was predictably civil, cultured and European. The overnight in Riviere Matawin at French dogsled guides Michele and Jean-Chroistophe was like a night in a French alpine hut. Their unfettered generosity always touches my heart. A feast of local côtes du porc (pork ribs, farm raised next door 10 kilometers away) and home grown veggies, followed by homemade peach tart du mason washed down with local beer or french wine, was perfect. Even with the unusual lighting of solar powered lamps, those 2-3 hours of french conversion, stories , laughter and live music always confirms, for me, the words of Thomas Jefferson “There is more happiness in one year of a frenchman’s life than 10 years of an Englishman’s”. The same proved true my next night in Montreal with an auberge full of French students.

Jean Christophe explained again how he cuts and splits 20 cords of Canadian hardwoods (birch and maple) a year before the winter he needs them to heat the log cabin with seasoned wood for the 8 months of winter. He was fascinated when I told him of the variety of hardwoods in North Georgia that don’t exist in Canada (locust, oaks, sourwoods, poplar, elm, chestnut, etc)

Stay tuned for a report of the culture shock of New York City after the French Canadian north woods and Montreal…


Place d'armes

Mckay and Annalisa


This sketch below was a from a Chattahoochee River canoe trip for reference for upcoming show at Alliance Française,

Indian wier




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Live from Montreal, New York and Chicago

A few quick sketches shot live from my journal. Stay tuned for detailed report of cultural observations of Montreal, New York, and Chicago (here’s a clue …Chicago is friendlier than New York, Montreal, or Atlanta! I’ll explain…)

Montreal one

Mont Royal 2

Julien Chung


Penn station1

Penn Station 2

Lake Shore Der Chicago

Pan fountain

Shadow pond mansion


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Live from Quebec!

We’ve been on the constant move but here are three quick sketches from my journal. So far, this “grand tour” or Montreal, New York, and Chicago has been a memorable adventure. Most note-worthy is that in over 40 traverses into French Canada in 20 years, I encountered my first ever surly and angry Canadian border guard. Every other encounter with French Canadian customs agents has been nothing short of pleasant and welcoming. Either Canada has changed their public relationship policy or this guy was having an exceptionally bad day.

Stay tuned for live reports from New York and Chicago…

Mt. Tremblant

Tanook devant Mckays

Mont Royal



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Still wet! Sexy chick! Fifty shades of sepia II

Just finished this watercolor for two upcoming exhibits: A fund raiser for Mountain Conservation Trust on October 11 and the big exhibit at Alliance Française on December 5. Stay tuned! (Since Facebook seems to think I’m interested in “shocking french video!” I thought i’d try the same tired marketing ploy. Desolé.)

Coopers hawk poster


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