Appalachian Trail Series #5: “Passing Max Patch Summit” (Studio)

"Passing Max Patch Summit" 14x11" acrylic on canvas.
“Passing Max Patch Summit” 14×11″ acrylic on canvas.

This is one of the most beautiful areas Littlefoot, Berg and I passed in North Carolina.  Max Patch Summit is a “bald”, an area on top of a mountain that inexplicably doesn’t grow trees.  The scene in this painting is on the side of the summit.  I remember stopping and thinking, “This doesn’t even seem real it’s so beautiful.”.   There is easy access to this point from a road if you Google “Max Patch Summit parking lot”.  Don’t miss this! Here’s the blog post I did of the day on the AT with a 360 video clip of the summit: Click Here.  (Oh, and Russell, note the buffalo gnats. There everywhere!).

Here’s a note attached to every post of the Appalachian Trail Painting Series:

The Appalachian Trial Painting Series:

I recently went on a trip to the Appalachian Trail section hiking from the Georgia/North Carolina border up to Hot Springs, NC and shared the adventure in my other blog: The Appalachian Trail, In the Footsteps of an Artist.  I wanted to share what it’s like to be on the trail for 200+ miles, many times with out any contact, deep in nature.   Each day, I jotted down notes in the spare moments and even on the trail as it happened. You’ll read about thoughts (often discoveries), pain, joy, solitude and companionship. You’ll see short video clips, pictures, color sketches and read about all the unexpected events.  Out there, life happens to you so much it’s enough just to adapt and hang on. Mostly, words captured the moments of the day, but in those moment when there are no words, I sought to capture those with painting.  So, please enjoy the adventure of the Appalachian Trail blog first and you’ll feel a much richer sense of the joy behind the moment these painting are about.  Thanks!


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