Last year (2008) I took a vacation trip in January, down through the Shenandoah Valley to Tennessee and North Carolina. It was too cold most of the time to sit outside and sketch but I took lots of photographs. I painted many winter landscapes from these references when I returned. This is one of them. The Blue Ridge Mountains really are that color of intense blue, during any kind of daylight. This part of Virginia has to be one of the most beautiful places I've ever visited in the USA and I hope to be able to return there often. This painting and a few others in my "Virginia landscape" series are on display in a gallery in Staunton, Virginia. I really must go there again and check up on how they're doing.
Acrylic on illustration board, 12" x 9".