Author Archives: Walter Cumming

About Walter Cumming

Walter has created several travel portfolios for publication and for gallery shows. This will be his first live blog with sketchbook images uploaded from on location. Walter Cumming created award winning art for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 28 years. In 2008 he chose to leave the paper and become a full time, independent artist. In his final year at the AJC, Cumming received his highest national and international recognition, winning both the 2008 Best of Cox portfolio for illustration and first place for illustration in the 2008 international Society of Newspaper Design.

Live sketches from the Appalachian Trail (the rules have changed!)

AMICALOLA FALLS, GA. March 31, 2018- Last Friday, I took my sketch journal to a class  for thru-hikers  starting their 2,000 mile trek from Georgia to Maine. The next two days, I hiked south from Dicks Creek Gap GA, then … Continue reading

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Adieux Zell Miller

The original watercolor caricature I painted in 1991 of Zell Miller is lost or stolen or given away as a gift years ago. But this published tearsheet and column by Tom Baxter remains in the archives of the AJC.

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FINAL NOTICE! Opening night tomorrow!

If you’re anywhere near Augusta GA tomorrow, at 5:00, you can hear a live interview of Atlanta artist Walter Cumming by the renowned artist Philip Morsberger (Oxford University, Ruskin School of drawing master). Afterwards, you can pop over to the … Continue reading

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Hot off my easel! (back from Quebec)

Just finished this pastel of Ireland for exhibit next week. Stay tuned! “Kilary Fjord” (detail) 24″ x 18″, pastel on paper “Kilary Fjord”  24″ x 18″, pastel on paper      

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Live from Quebec. Silent snow, secret snow

Not the snow of horror short story Conrad Aiken’s but the peaceful beauty of Canadian woods in winter. I just finished this pastel for my March 8 show. I never tire of the play of tannin colored Canadian creeks framed … Continue reading

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Hot off my easel here in Québec (I’m not in Croatia now)

This pastel is a larger version of a pastel I painted last  year from a six day sea kayak trip. We had paddled down the Croatian coast and finished here in Dubrovnik. The mediterranean light was unforgettable. “Après-midi à Dubrovnik”, … Continue reading

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Live from my Québec studio

Just finished this pastel for my March 8 solo exhibit. (based on a live sketch on a 6 day canoe trip on the Allegash River in Maine this past summer) “Allagash morning (detail)”, 17″x 12′, pastel on paper “Allagash morning … Continue reading

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Breaking news in Quebec!

5th century temple on Inis More Island just captured in pastel here in my Quebec studio! This pastel is based on a sketch from day 3 of a 6 day hike in Ireland this past July. This painting included in … Continue reading

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Hot off my easel (here in Quebec)

This scene took my breath away. It’s  a new pastel for my March 8 exhibit. It’s a real moment I captured back in December in North Georgia the day before I left for Quebec.. The frost line was at 3, … Continue reading

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Live from Quebec! Magical ice forest

“Cascade gelée”, 18″x 24″, pastel on paper   This morning, outside my Quebec cabin, it’s well below zero F. The water bottle next to my bed froze solid. My laptop took 2 hours to thaw out. (all this by choice, … Continue reading

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