My Quiet Place

In a world filled with noise

Everyone talking

Is anyone listening?

I have my quiet place

Always near a towering trunk

A person or two coming and going

Enjoying their quiet place

I marked the first day of fall by painting a hot day that still feels like summer.  This peaceful alcove is one of my favorite spots in my community because it’s always quiet.

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Hillside Vineyards

montaluce vineyard watercolor

This is the view from the bottom of a hill at Montaluce Winery in Dahlonega. I took the opportunity of a gorgeous fall day and drove to the winery to paint the vineyard.

Georgia has a surprising number of wineries, and many in the northern part of the state.  Montaluce is a sprawling winery with a restaurant, community of homes, and a wedding venue.

I painted this first thing, then did several value studies from the top of the hill looking down into the vineyard.

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Then I enjoyed lunch at their restaurant and painted a small study from the veranda.

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A lovely day overall.

9×12″ watercolor on Arches 140-lb cold-pressed paper.

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Ellijay Apple Orchards

In the north Georgia mountains, we’re getting close to apple season!

This is the view from the top of the orchard hillside in Ellijay, a town in our state known for its apples.

I used an impressionist palette of only three colors and did a lot of mixing for variety.

9×12 watercolor on cold-pressed paper. #landscape #appleorchards #ellijay #appalachians #watercolor #mariapeagler

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Cloudy Day in Banff

View of Banff National Park from downtown center. It was a cloudy day and the mountain tops were shrouded in fog.

People stopped to ask me questions about what I was painting and my process. Many artists don’t like questions, but I love talking to people I would never have the opportunity to meet otherwise.

Our family visits national parks often, and I have a time-honored tradition of getting their rubber stamp inked on my journals.  I also had them stamp this watercolor paper in the bottom right corner.

9×12″ watercolor on cold-pressed paper. $97 #landscape #watercolor #pleinair #banffnationalpark #mariapeagler

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Woodbridge Inn Water Tower

water tower watercolor woodbridge inn jasper ga

Our little town has a famous chef: Hans Rueffert, who was on one of the Food Network’s reality chef shows years ago. His restaurant, The Woodbridge Inn, is a local favorite known for fresh, local dishes and creative pairings of food.

To get to the restaurant, you drive over this old wooden bridge with the huge water tower next to it. This scene is one of my favorites in downtown Jasper. I painted it plein air on a cloud day until lightning started, and then it was time for me to pack up! Fortunately, I got enough of this painted that I didn’t have to complete it at home.

9×12″, watercolor on cold-pressed paper, landscape, $75
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