Here is my morning sketch done just behind the visitor center at The Great Smoky Mountain National Park. I had been wanting to sketch a waterfall. There is so much to sketch up hear that choosing vantage point is going to be the most difficult part of the process. Here are a few notes from this mornings trip.
- I was sketching on a fairly heavily traveled trail and it was fun listening to how loud people were until they came upon me sketching. I felt like I had a "Quiet Artist At Work" sign on my back. The reverence was in a way very encouraging because I believe that I'm involved in a sacred activity.
- I went to college only a couple of hours from here and I was not doing artwork at the time. I never made it over here while there, so I am experiencing a sense of "lost opportunity".
- The contrast between Gatlinburg and the park is stunning. It's as if humanity vomited into this valley and then you abruptly come to the end of it at the Park. The national park system is a huge blessing.