This mill is located in Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee. I painted it on site last year, right before the busy months arrived. It is located down in a "hole" where it is impossible to paint from a distance without altering the actual terrain. I met up with a large black bear near here; it saw my backpack and was convinced it was full of the usual goodies that hikers carry. A young man the size of a linebacker chased it away while I packed up and left.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
These hay rolls remain from last year and are flattened out from their standing weight. It's almost time to "make hay" again. Painted under morning light.
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Posted by Jim Polewchak at 3:27 PM
Monday, May 24, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Lake Metroparks recently aquired this property in Concord Township, the site of a nineteenth century chair factory that harnessed the falling water to power the wood lathes at work in the mill. There was no trace of the former mill in my lifetime, as I used to camp next to the falls frequently in my youth. When I climbed down into the gorge to paint this scene, a friend helping me with the gear spotted the old iron waterwheel sticking out of the bank, having been recently exposed from bank erosion.
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 3:57 PM
The boating season here in northeast Ohio is shorter than coastal areas, and must be pulled out of the water by late October. The ice buildup here would crush the hulls otherwise. I treat these like still lifes, and their form is easier to interpret while up on stands than in the water.
Posted by Jim Polewchak at 3:29 PM