smoky mountains,

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    October 2015

    Bud Ogle was one of the early settlers and founder of what is now Gatlinburg, TN in the Smoky Mountains. Visitors can drive up Historic Motor Nature Trail and find his cabin still standing. These hearty settlers faced hardships and difficulties that we in our modern world are not really able to comprehend. As you look at the glow from the window one can imagine a family eking out a living from the rocky soil and trying to keep warm by burning wood that was cut off the land. That light in the window is a warm reminder of those hardships and a Light From the Past

    ~ Mark Keathley

    Edition: 12"x16" AP (25)

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    August 2015

    This particular morning in Cades Cove I was behind a line of cars crawling down the one lane blacktop. Brake lights were all on, maybe off for a couple seconds, then on again.

    The morning mist was thick and the air was thin. I remember wishing I had a warmer jacket as I strolled away from the line of cars hoping to find a vantage point that just might get it all in. It rarely happens - where everything comes together and I hear music in the background as I take a photo! This day was no different, but the sun was eager to shine its light on the landscape, and that is what caught my attention. Everyone else was there to see the fall color or an illusive bear, but I was after the light. I took this photo, and smiled inside when I reviewed it on my camera screen.

    As you can see, it was the "mood" that I was interested in when starting this painting. I arranged and re arranged some barns and a cabin, and decided to make it feel like I felt that morning, walking on my own through this picturesque countryside - nothing was planned. There was no "center piece." Just the randomness of nature and the addition of a family farm which I would see in a few minutes around the corner.

    Then out of my imagination and longing, stroll a herd of deer into the pasture from a thicket on the left. Oh, did you hear that? It sounds like turkeys in the woods over there. Maybe they will come out too. There is something about these dawn moments that stirs the soul and helps us anticipate excitement and adventure in our life. With Morning at Cades Cove, I want to invite you to your new day. It is bursting with color and sound, and light - so go ahead and enter it with anticipation.

    ~ Mark Keathley

    Editions: 18"x27" SN (95) and AP (15), 24"x36" SN (25) and AP (10)

  • mothersloveabrahamhunter

    September 2015

    There is something about a mother's love that is universal.
    ~ Abraham Hunter

    Edition: 12"x16" AP (25)

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    February 2016

    We love to get up high where we can see the world. When we see far off distance, we wonder and dream - “what’s it like from over there?” "What world awaits if I get to that place?” The View was just one of those dreamy spots where visions were cast, plans were made, dreams were spoken and determination to see it through was intended. From a cabin overlooking the valley, I painted this little painting of the spectacular Smoky Mountains, and then added a couple of little bears to demonstrate what we all want to do - rise up higher so we can see - The View - and dream.

    ~ Mark Keathley

    Edition: 12"x16" AP (25)

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    October 2015

    A picture perfect setting is a rare thing in nature. Life has a way of making a mess of things, and when we walk through it we are aware of time and tragedy. Fallen giant trees strewn about, huge boulders lying around from distant hills, and the eventual letting go of the leaves tells us that things will change. There are precious moments, however, when it is colorful and bright;; where there might even be a spot for you to sit and take it all in. This is why I created Tranquil Falls just for you. Go ahead and hop over to the green mossy rock and step onto the path that will lead you to a nice flat rock where you can take your shoes off and sit with your feet in the water. Then, just try to absorb the power and beauty of the falls. There are so many beautiful falls in the Smoky Mountains and surrounding foothills. Bonnie and I visited Tallulah Gorge a couple weeks ago in North East Georgia. Hurricane Falls could be seen after descending 650 stairs down into the bottom of the canyon. I stood there and "soaked" up the site, the sound and the feel of the falls. Of coarse I took some photos, too, because I wanted to paint this for you.

    ~ Mark Keathley

    Editions: 18"x27" SN (95) and AP (15), 24"x36" SN (25) and AP (10)