Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Road Trip

Artemis - Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper / 24X18 - Sold

About 10 years ago, Tim and I took a road trip from Michigan to North Carolina.  While visiting Asheville, we toured the Biltmore Estate.  The house was completed by the Vanderbilt family in the late 1800s.

We took lots of photos at the estate, and it was here that I got inspiration for the batik above.

Artemis statue on Biltmore Estate

This statue was my inspiration.

Artemis sits way on top of a hill looking down at the Biltmore house.

This is her view.

It goes to show that you can find inspiration anywhere.

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We will close on our house in about three weeks, so we have began purging and packing.  
One of the nice things about packing is that I've found a few things I thought I had lost.

All of our furniture is in a PODS container somewhere.  Although we've lived in this rental about a year, we moved in with practically nothing. 

So where did we get all this stuff?



44 comments:

  1. great colour! :D

    glad you found things you thought you had lost, always nice when that happens :) The stuff just seems to multiply when you are not looking

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  2. Thanks, Jennifer.
    The stuff does multiply - like tribbles (on that ancient Star Trek TV episode).

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    1. I'm a trekkie, so thought putting tribbles in the new movies was a nice touch :)

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  3. Wow, wow, WOW! An amazing piece of artwork, my friend. Every time I see something you've drawn or painted I am left speechless.

    Hugs to you!

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    1. Thank you so much, Stephanie!
      The rice paper & wax do a lot of the work, but thanks!

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  4. This is absolutely amazing, Chris! Your talent never ceases to amaze, fascinate and delight me! Warm hugs to you, dear friend.

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    1. Thank you, friend, for your lovely comment!!

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  5. Bonjour chère amie,

    Je suis subjuguée par ce très beau portrait... Il faut que votre âme ait été frappé pour réussir cette magnifique aquarelle.
    Je trouve très intéressant de nous montrer les photos que vous aviez prises alors...
    Un déménagement est une lourde labeur. Je vous souhaite beaucoup de courage.

    Gros bisous 🌸

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    1. Merci, chère Martine !
      Le Biltmore estate est un lieu magique. Toutes les statues semblent s’animent à certains moments de la journée. Le portrait a été facile.
      Et je vais prendre vos bons vœux pour le déménagement.
      Merci !
      Câlins !!

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  6. *wow* that is so beautifully drawn in your way .. I am so enthusiastic about it!
    A beautiful Satue and Biltmore Estate is wonderful!!!!
    Have a nice Day
    Elke

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    1. Thank you, Elke.
      Yes, the statues seem to come alive at certain times of the day on the Biltmore estate. They are fun to paint.

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  7. A powerful face my friend! l. Striking! Good luck with your move, hope to see some pics soon! I've hugs

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    1. Thank you, Helen.
      We still have almost three weeks here yet, but we are trying to be very organized this time.

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  8. such an interesting post! the statue and your painting look very beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Ankita, for your lovely comment!

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  9. Madness, I can hardly believe that you created the beautiful Artemis alone after this photo as a batik! Your work in these gentle colors looks like an antique work of art and I admire your skill so much.
    How nice that you show 'old' works ... I can only learn!
    Oh, now a tough, hard time is coming with the move ... stay healthy! Love Ulrike

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    1. Ulrike, thank you! You are very masterful with your palette colors. You do not have anything to learn.
      And the move - thank you. We will stay organized and healthy!! :)

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  10. Hello Chris,
    A fantastic paint.
    Great to see that statue in real with that view through that amazing building.

    Kind regards,
    Marco

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    1. Thank you, Marco.
      If you had taken the photographs, though, they would be spectacular.

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  11. Let the madness of packing begin then! So pleased for you. - Best wishes.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa!
      I accept your good wishes. :)

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  12. Yes, stuff somehow just seems to jump into the house by itself LOL . Love the print, looks totally antique, super well done !

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    1. Thanks, Jane.
      And you're right. I bet the stuff did just jump into the house by itself. I will tell my husband. :)

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  13. Chris - absolutely stunning...you definitely found great inspiration. I have toured the Biltmore estate many years ago as well. Amazing place. Hooray - sounds like the move is happening soon. Take care and have a great day. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. Then you know it is not hard to find inspiration at the Biltmore.
      Yes, the move is on. A few weeks to go...

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  14. Awe, I LOVE her and her view! You are so so talented! xoxo

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  15. This is really quite lovely Chris. You must be looking forward to getting settled in your new place. Good luck with that.

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    1. Thank you, Pat.
      Yes, we are looking forward to it although it will be challenging. We downsized, but I'm thinking we downsized a bit too much. We'll see.

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  16. Absolutely beautiful Chris. My cousin lives in Ashville, NC and yet I never toured anyplace....next time!!! Best of luck with your move.. It's a hard time but so exciting!!

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    1. Thank you, Hilda. As I remember, the tour ticket is pricey, but back then it was a two day pass. Anyway, it was worth seeing once.
      Thanks for the good wishes with the move!

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  17. Exactly where I was about the same many years ago, Chris! I have spent lots of time in Asheville. But it didn't even occur to me to use these scenes as inspirations. Beautiful, beautiful rendition you have created.

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    1. Thank you, Laurie!
      And Asheville - we probably walked right by each other again...

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  18. Absolutely Majestic! Artemis is a true beauty.
    xo Michelle

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