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BASS LAKE – The progress of a painting

September 28, 2018

I’m sometimes asked about how I develop my paintings. Here is an example, my new painting of Bass Lake, near Blowing Rock, North Carolina.

We’ve had a number of retreats near here and on a fall afternoon, when all the trees were blazing. I took a walk around the lake with a friend. As I saw the fog creeping down the hill around Moses Cone Manor. I was captivated.

So here’s the painting based on some photos. I took – the first an earlier version. Then a  second version underway. And finally the third completed this week. At least I think it’s finished! I guess as an artist I must sauy that I think it’s finished!

In any case, I hope you enjoy seeing this. It was a joy for me to do the painting.


P.S.: I am often asked how long it takes to do a painting. In this case about fourteen hours over a number of weeks. I guess it must be like that for the way the Lord develops his “image” in us. It doesn’t happen overnight. So he must be very patient until we are finished! I’m glad he doesn’t give up.

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