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I was invited to spend last weekend up near Clayton, Ga, just about on the North Carolina border. A few rambling miles from my friend's lovely home,the wonderfully picturesque Tallulah River hurtles through boulders the size of Winnebagos on it's way to the Chattooga.

I perched on its lichen-covered outcroppings and spent Saturday afternoon sketching.

Comments (9)


Hmmm...you can 'hear' the water! :)

John Cox:

Hey G

I discovered a new interest I think. I haven't done a lot outdoor sketching, but this time around I really enjoyed the peace and quiet that comes with intense looking and concentration. I definitely plan to do more of this kind of meditative approach to sketching. And I don't think you need a pristine location to do it, either.

Doc Al:

"En plein air" it's called.
Don't confuse with Howard Hughes -
Who was a plane heir.

John Cox:

Say Doc

Crafty...very crafty, you ol' wordsmith.


Only one problem, now I've gotta go to the bathroom! ;)


Sketch Book, my favorite!


Nice. Seems turbulent. For the most part, the rivers & streams around here look relatively calm (but the currents are still treacherous).

Steve M:

Nice! How long has it been since you've done THAT? I feel meditative just looking at them.

John Cox:

Hey Steve

Much too long. I remember sketching outdoors being very tedious and frustrating.
Now? Not.

Maybe I've been drawing long enough not to sweat the results and just enjoy watching the paper change and the moment captured.

It's odd, but I feel like I can sit and draw ANYTHING.


John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.

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