Sunday, January 2, 2011

Approaching Big Bradley Falls

In early November we took a trip to western North Carolina to see some waterfalls. Big Bradley Falls was one of the last stops on our trip. We probably should have done some research on this area before beginning the hike. Big Bradley Falls is a 75' foot waterfall located in a big gorge. We did not realize that a view of the waterfalls was nearly impossible without some rappelling cables and mountain climbing gear. The first ominous sign was a yellow ribbon tied to a tree marking where someone had perished, yet we traveled on anxious to see the falls. Some steep trails off the main trails allowed us some partial views, but these were quite treacherous and dangerous, so we held off trying to get too close.

The painting shown is inspired from a view about 50 yards from the top of the falls. Alot of fall colors and a nice sunset created a strong subject for this work.

Approaching Big Bradley Falls - 12x16" Acrylic on Canvas


  1. This painting is much nicer than the image that is posted. The painting is darker and evokes an evasive boldness that one experiences on the approach to the falls.

    The painting is alluring.


  2. Isn't it cool to have a bit of adventure though? I love hiking new trails. Love the painting especially with the story that goes with it.

  3. Really nice painting, Micah. I like the way everything holds together into a tight, neat composition. A nest of colors, shapes and textures. I like that the sky is shielded a bit, so that one's attention is focused on the foreground and the wonderful abstract configurations. Congratulations on a very successful work of art. You're the best. Happy New Year to you and Eileen. Tom T

  4. I really enjoy the way you have depicted the water here. The choppy wide brush strokes have really given the piece movement. Needless to say, I really like your technique. art


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