Avante Art BLOG Posts - January thru June 2018

Cloud Park – Kingsport GREENBELT Tennessee – Walk with Us

Cloud Park – Kingsport GREENBELT Tennessee – Walk with Us as we start at the Frank L. Cloud Park in the City of Kingsport. Established in the 1950’s this small park was once a hot spot for the residents of Kingsport. Today, it still hosts a playground, picnic tables, basketball courts, a skateboard ramp and a parking lot for the Kingsport Greenbelt trail.

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Frank L. Cloud Park

My husband and I were downtown for a doctor’s appointment, enjoyed lunch at Beef O’Brady’s and decided to take a short walk on a section of the Greenbelt that we had yet to explore. We parked at the Frank L. Cloud parking lot and headed out to the walking path just a short distance away.

This area was quite different from the Greenbelt that we had come to know. The section we walked was closer to an industrial area of Kingsport. The Domtar Paper Company was across the creek and along a section of the walking path. As in many areas of the Kingsport Greenbelt, there are many commercial businesses nearby.

Cloud Park – Kingsport GREENBELT Tennessee – Walk with Us

As the Greenbelt goes, we followed along Reedy Creek. We started out with plenty of shade but overall, there was less shade than we had become accustomed too. The temp was in the 80’s and it was early afternoon so we only walked about a 1/2 hour out and then back to our car.

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There was less wildlife in this section but we were greeted by a duck and several Canadian Geese. We had numerous Canadian geese on the lake we lived on in Ohio. It looks like they may have moved to Tennessee too!

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We continued our walk along the Greenbelt, taking in the lush, green trees and the flowing Reedy Creek.

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Ahead of us we saw a wooden bridge. The bridge crossed under a railway and above the creek. The foot bridge was new but the train bridge was built in 1907. Oh, the history and stories that surely lie within its trestle and ties.

A train passed overhead as we were walking out from under the bridge.

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Holston River

A little further down the Greenbelt walking path, Reedy Creek flows into the “south fork” of the Holston River. The north and south forks meet up in Kingsport and flow to Knoxville, TN. It is a major river system that flows 136 miles as it drains much of NE Tennessee, southwestern Virginia and northwestern North Carolina.

A man was standing in the middle of the river, waist deep, as he fished the lake.

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Mockingbird

A Mockingbird greeted us with an assortment of songs! Mockingbirds loudly “mimick” the sounds of other birds in rapid succession, changing from one bird song to another. Such fun to see and hear one today!MockingBird_Copyright AvanteArt

Bracket Fungi

As we were returning to our car, this Bracket Fungi on the side of a tree caught my eye. These polypores are a group of fungi that inhabit and attack the wood of trees, mainly feeding on dead trees. For the most part, Bracket Fungi’s are good. They play a significant role in nutrient recycling and carbon dioxide production of forest ecosystems.

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Bracket Fungi

Cloud Park – Kingsport GREENBELT Tennessee – Walk with Us

This sums up our walk for today, starting and returning to the Frank L. Cloud park in downtown Kingsport.

I hope you have enjoyed walking with us along this section of the Kingsport Greenbelt in Tennessee. Another memorable walk and a beautiful day!

Sharing my Art & Photography, one image at a time,

Vickie H. Springer
AvanteArt.com

Sunny Surprises – Come walk with us – Kingsport TN Greenbelt

Sunny Surprises – Come walk with us – Kingsport TN Greenbelt – Today my husband and I walked 2-miles on the Kingsport, Tennessee Greenbelt. The Greenbelt is a wonderful walking path that follows along Reedy Creek. Let my photography take you on a walk with us….

On today’s sunny walk, there were many unexpected surprises. Ducks are always a favorite but today we also saw a Blue Heron, a vulture and three deer. The deer were too quick as they wandered through the woods and evaded my attempt to photograph them.

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Come walk with us – Kingsport TN Greenbelt

When we arrived, we were greeted by this darling goose bathing in the creek. Splish, splash, I was takin’ a bath…

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Bath time…

As we walked down the path, we were greeted at every turn by the beautiful blue sky, vibrant trees in various shades of green and bright sunlight shining through the tree branches.

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The ducks did not disappoint today. In fact, there were plenty of recently hatched ducklings about…

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Kids Day Out
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Friends

While many ducks were gathered together in the same area, the one below was enjoying a quiet retreat from the chaos….

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Quiet Retreat

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Not all bridges are over troubled waters…

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Bridge over “untroubled” Waters

Around another curve, we came across a tiered, wood planter and a resting bench nearby.

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I couldn’t resist photographing the tree below as it’s roots cantilevered over the creek. What strength it must have. Stay rooted is the caption that came to mind.

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Stay Rooted

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An avid bird lover, I heard the chirps before I saw the Cardinal. He was VERY high up in a tree. Luckily, I was able to zoom in and capture him as he enjoyed the tree top view.

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Green, green and more green. How can you not love the green oasis that awaits you on a nature walk? Greenbelt is an appropriate name for this beautiful walking path in Kingsport, TN.

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Green Oasis

Friendly Vulture

I’m not sure if the words “Friendly” and “Vulture” should be in the same sentence but that’s what we were told about the vulture below. A man was sitting on a bench and the vulture brushed against him before flying to a branch in the creek. We were shocked, amazed and perplexed as to why the vulture would do such a thing. Perhaps from people getting too friendly with the wildlife? Who knows. All we know is that he struck a pose for us as we stopped to look.

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Friendly Vulture

I enjoy photographing unusual trees, especially those that have unusual trunks. I’ve dubbed the tree below a Family Tree due to all of the large trunks that appear to come from one root.

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Family Tree

Birdhouses are not something I see every day on the Greenbelt and yet today we saw two. Are there more? Who put them there? I wonder if they were placed there in memory of a loved one lost. My Dad loved his birds. He would have loved the birdhouses too.

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A Blue Heron popped his head up from the brush as we walked along the path. He appeared to be on the lookout for dinner. I wonder what’s on the menu? Fish again?

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Sure enough, he was goin’ fishin’ and headed off under a bridge.

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Gone Fishin’

The Greenbelt walking path goes on and on. It’s actually very hard to stop walking as we want to see what’s around the next curve in the path. My husband and I had to remind ourselves, that however far we walked in one direction, we would have to walk back!

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As my husband and I were winding down, I took a few more photos as we walked back to our car. t was time to go home after our lovely walk on the Kingsport Greenbelt in Kingsport, TN.

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Time to go home…

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I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a walk with us. Have you walked the Kingsport Greenbelt? What’s your favorite part of the walking path?

Sharing my Art & Photography, one image at a time,

Vickie H. Springer
AvanteArt.com

Beach Cottage Coral and Aqua – Acrylic Fluid Pour Painting

These Beach Cottage Coral and Aqua – Acrylic Fluid Pour Painting remind me of my childhood, especially my teenage years, when my family vacationed on Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Florida. Those were good times. All of us kids and sometimes a friend or two would pile into our Open Road van with mom and dad and head south during spring break. It was good to get away from the cold, snowy winters in Ohio. The only thing I didn’t like about those family vacations during the school year was having to take homework along and heading back north again after a fun week on the beach.

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Beach Cottage Coral and Aqua by Vickie, Avante Art

Nevertheless, the colors of coral and aqua in various shades remind me of cottage colors, whether the cottage be inland or ocean side. My first painting is called, Beach Cottage. It has a lot of movement and features light cream and tan to represent a light sandy beach.

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For inspiration for my paintings, I often browse the paint departments of our local hardware stores. It was in Home Depot, that I collected a Behr Cottage paint color brochure and Behr swatch cards featuring cottage and beachy colors. I appreciate how the paint manufacturers provide color “combinations.” Whether painting a wall or painting on canvas, choosing paint colors can sometimes be overwhelming.

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Behr Color Smart Paint Swatch Cards

When choosing paint for our home, one thing that Mark and I always do is to paint a large swatch of the color on a 11″x14″ piece of foam core board. We paint two coats on the board and when dry, we place it in the room and look at it at different times of the day. Paint almost always dries darker and the color most definitely looks different during different times of the day, based upon how much light is in the room. Carpenter’s say, “measure twice, cut once”. Painter’s say, “check the color twice (or more) and paint once.” Actually, we always paint two coats of color but you get the idea.

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If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I rarely ever paint just one piece of art at a time. After selecting and preparing my paint colors, I typically pour two paintings (or more). This is my second one called Summer Cottage.

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Summer Cottage by Vickie, Avante Art

Beach Cottage Coral and Aqua – Acrylic Fluid Pour Painting

The coral and light aqua colors that I chose for today’s paintings can be found in many categories of home decor. Here are a just a couple of examples that I found…

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Beach Cottage Porch Door

 

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Seahorse Pillow

Inspiration for my paintings and home decor can be found just about everywhere from a hardware store to a department store to the internet and so many other places in between.

If you have any interest in my beach cottage paintings, please email me at avante@neo.rr.com – These two paintings are currently unframed.

Sharing my Art & Photograph one image at a time,

Vickie H. Springer
AvanteArt.com
Tennessee

 

Spring String Flowers – Acrylic Paint

After spending a little bit of time working on my flower bed this afternoon, I came inside and decided to paint Spring String Flowers – Acrylic Paint being the medium.  And, yes I made these flowers using string.

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For my flowers, I used vibrant shades of pink, purple, yellow, green and red. I may have gotten carried away but I just couldn’t stop adding more and more flowers! And, I like the cells that developed during the process.

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Spring Fling Flowers 1, Hand-painted by Vickie, Avante Art – PURCHASE Spring Fling Flowers 1 PRINT

Do you love the brightness as much as I do? I painted and played for hours making these flowers….

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Spring Fling Flowers 2, Hand-painted by Vickie, Avante Art – PURCHASE Spring Fling Flowers 2 PRINT

Becoming a little bolder in my technique, I painted the background on the next painting and then after it dried, I added more flowers on top. Perhaps a little busy and bold, it’s apply named Flower Overload.

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Flower Overload, Hand-painted by Vickie, Avante Art – PURCHASE Flower Overload PRINT

Spring String Flowers – Acrylic Paint

Time to try a slightly different technique. The following painting still has vibrant colors but each flower is more distinctive and several flowers are multi-colored, like a rainbow. I added iridescent glitter on top but it’s not showing up in my photo; perhaps, because the painting is still wet. I hope the glitter shows when it’s dry.

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Colorful Feathered Flowers, Hand-painted by Vickie, Avante Art – PURCHASE Colorful Feathered Flowers PRINT

Although shown matted and framed, my Spring String Flower paintings are actually painted on stretch canvas, unframed at this time. If you have any interest in purchasing my art, please contact me for pricing.

Have you worked in your flower bed lately or are you still fighting the cold and snow? We had snow this week but today it really warmed up. I went from a winter coat and gloves this morning to no jacket and working out in my flower bed this afternoon.

That’s how the weather is in Tennessee. Like most states, the weather is completely unpredictable. Our joke has always been, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait a bit. It will change.”

Sharing my Art & Photography, one image at a time,

Vickie H. Springer
AvanteArt.com
Tennessee

Facebook Acrylic Pouring Paint Challenge – Planet Unknown

Today, I took the Facebook Acrylic Pouring Paint Challenge – Planet Unknown. I call it Planet Unknown because several of my abstract pour paintings as of late look planet-like. As to the challenge today, there were four reference photos and I was assigned image #2 as shown below…

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Image #2

I knew right out of the gate that I would need to prepare several acrylic paint colors for pouring. Aqua, dark green, light green, yellow, red and black. I am sorry but I am unable to show you my first attempt. Why? I never got a photograph and it was so horrendous that I scraped the paint off the canvas and completely started over.

However, if you look at the bottom right corner of my art shown below, you will see some of the paint (swirls) from the first canvas. I caught these drips of paint in a bowl as I tilted the first canvas and was able to re-pour some of it back onto the canvas again during my second try.

I ended up with a planet-looking piece of art that included a variety of little craters (cells)…

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Planet Unknown, 11″ x 14″ Canvas, Hand-poured by Vickie, Avante Art – PURCHASE Planet Unknown PRINT

Facebook Acrylic Pouring Paint Challenge – Planet Unknown

I shared my art in the Facebook group and received a kind comment. Breaking news, I just learned that the challenge was started by a rogue moderator who has now been banned from the acrylic pouring group! I guess you can’t just start a group challenge when you’re not actually a moderator for the group. Note to self…..never do that!

Ironically, I recently painted two other art pieces that also look somewhat planet-like. The first one, I’ve named Plenty Good Pink since it reminds me somewhat of Good n’ Plenty candy.

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Plenty Good  Pink, 8 x 10″ Canvas, Hand-poured by Vickie, Avante Art – PURCHASE Plenty Good Pink PRINT

As to the next piece, I’m not sure where I was going with it but before I knew it, I was embellishing some strange black THING that looked like a wild, alien creature. I’ve named it Space Splash….

Space Splash – 8″ x 10″, Hand-poured by Vickie, Avante Art – PURCHASE Space Splash PRINT

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Have I mentioned how much fun it is too paint like this? No matter how I prepare, no matter what I have in mind, I NEVER really know what the end result will be! That’s half the fun.

The paintings above are on stretch canvas (unframed). If you are interested in purchasing any of my work, please email me at avante@neo.rr.com or click on the links shown above.

Sharing my Art & Photography, one image at a time,

Vickie H. Springer
AvanteArt.com
Tennessee

Think Spring Flowers Acrylic Fluid Pour Painting

As the sky brought snow showers, I thought about “Spring Flowers.” Think Spring Flowers Acrylic Fluid Pour Painting was my painting technique for the day. Pour painting is exactly what is says. I pour paint onto canvas. That may sound easy but there are quite a few techniques used in pour painting.

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I already had a pre-painted, purple canvas board available from a few weeks ago. It seemed like a perfect fit for my first attempt at pouring and blowing flowers. I think the dark background made a nice contrast to the Yellow and Purple Power Pansies

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Purple Power Pansies, 11″ x 14″ Canvas Board, Hand-poured by Vickie, Avante Art – PURCHASE Purple Power Pansies PRINT

Next, I painted Speckled Posies, a trio of flowers in red and pink with yellow centers. I splatter painted the background as shown below…

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Speckled Posies 8″ x 10″ Canvas, Hand-poured by Vickie, Avante Art – PURCHASE Speckled Posies PRINT

Getting bolder, I went for a combination of flowers. This one I call simply, Fantasy Flowers. As you can see, I mixed up a variety of colors. This one took quite a long time. There are two things I wish I had done differently; 1) used a larger canvas and 2) allowed more white space between each flower.

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Fantasy Flowers 8″ x 10″ Canvas, Hand-poured by Vickie, Avante Art – PURCHASE Fantasy Flowers PRINT

Thinking spring and Easter coming soon, I attempted to paint Abstract Tulips. Of course, my tulips are somewhat abstract….

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Abstract Tulips 8″ x 10″ Canvas, Hand-poured by Vickie, Avante Art – PURCHASE Abstract Tulips PRINT

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I couldn’t waste a drop of paint, so I poured one more, large flower and added a sprinkle of glitter. I call this one, Glitter Glam Flower.

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Glitter Glam Flower 8″ x 10″ Canvas, Hand-poured by Vickie, Avante Art

I can’t begin to tell you how much fun I had pouring and blowing these flowers! It was a slow and tedious process as my goal was to create purposeful pour paintings. All of these paintings are actually unframed. I simply showed them as if they were framed for the purpose of this post. Most of my flower paintings were photographed while the paint was still wet.

If you have any interest in purchasing any of my acrylic fluid pour paintings, please contact me at avante@neo.rr.com

Sharing my Art & Photography, one image at a time,

Vickie H. Springer
AvanteArt.com
Tennessee