I discovered trail running. It has allowed me to experience the outdoors in an exciting way where all my senses are engaged and I draw inspiration from what I see while covering miles and miles of nature. One place I frequently visit in Philadelphia is the Wissahickon park. I’ll usually park at the Valley Green Inn or Northwestern Ave and escape into the woods on side trails, cruising over a variety of terrain and elevation changes occasionally stopping to take in the view. To the right is a painting I just started inspired by a spot I have run through countless times, at the bottom of the hill on Rex Avenue.
Often I’ll go for a long run when I’m somewhere I’ve never been, solely for the purpose of collecting images with my digital camera to use as reference photos later in my studio. While in Charleston, SC last week I got out of bed around 5am, grabbed my point and shoot camera and ran about 20 miles. The experience is one that brought me across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, through the French Quarter, a beautiful sunrise at Battery Park, dolphins in the harbor where Ft. Sumter is located, past all types of shops and galleries in the heart of the city, and down historic cobblestone alleyways lined with impressive homes with lanterns by their doorways still burning first thing in the morning. I usually try to visit and hike through some sort of arboretum or plantation when I’m in the south because I love seeing the Spanish moss hanging from the gigantic oak trees, wildlife not typically found in Pennsylvania, and tall grass growing out of the swamp. During my trip to Charleston I collected many images and inspiration for new paintings and drawings which I will upload to this site as I complete them.
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