Saturday, May 24, 2014

On Location

Steve participated in the Super D mountain bike race at Uwharrie National Forest today, and I joined him for a road trip to do some plein aire painting. I walked along several of the bike trails and forest service roads this morning when we arrived to scout for a painting location, and finally chose an empty camp site along Wood Run Road. This gave me an out of the way place to set up my easel, but still with a nice view of the access trail the riders were using to get to the start line. I just love those little yellow flowers that seem to dot every grassy area and roadside this time of year. I have no idea what they are - probably some kind of weed! - but they sure do catch my eye.
©2014 Tammy Kaufman - Wood Run Peek-a-Boo - soft pastels on Uart 500 sanded paper 9" x 12"
The weather was perfect for our trip so I was able to enjoy a pleasant morning of painting while Steve did his prerace practice, and this afternoon he wound up taking fifth place in his class! After the race, we went for a short bike ride along a portion of the Keyauwee trail which had some gorgeous views. Unfortunately I did not have my camera with me on the bike, but I may try to paint some of the scenes from memory. It was a great day all in all - we saw a lot of old friends, made some new ones, and even got a good chuckle when "Macro-Me" met "Mini-Me". These dogs were so cute and seemed to make instant friends as soon as they met.

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