Friday, October 23, 2015

Cades Cove, Tennessee

There is so many things to see in the Smokey's... Cades Cove is a place where everyone should visit.  It's an 11 mile one way loop road that circles around the Cove.  I saw a black bear and some turkeys.. sometimes you can view coyotes and other wildlife.  The bears are very active in the park right now, so I'm very happy to be home!!!  But there's so many horses and I was able to get many great reference photos.  This horse is a work horse...so beautiful and very big.  I did a monochromatic painting and I'd like to paint a series of my horses this way from reference photos all over the country.
I haven't been painting for a few weeks because I had an annoying floater in my eye that looked like a spider in front of my vision!  First my hand now my eye !!??  It seemed to have gone away and I'm hoping it doesn't come back again... although I understand that it never really goes away!!!

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  1. Hello Hilda!:) Oh, I do hope that anoying thing that was in your eye doesn't return, how distressing. Your horse painting is lovely in monocrome. He looks regal and proud. Well done!:)

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    1. Thank you so much Sonjia for stopping by to comment...My eyes are back to norm and hopefully gone for awhile!!! I enjoyed painting this horse!!!

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  2. The EYE - fabulous eye. Amazes me the way
    you always make eyes look as is they could blink at any moment. I series of horses would be a joy to see.
    Bummer about the floater. they are the reason I started to fracture. Mine are bad in both eyes and form what my Dr calls" plaid floaters...where they cross each other are not transparent. U had to give up detailed work because of them. Reading is a drag - anything with high contrast - so I am delighted that yours has moved out of range.

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    1. Thank you so much Julie for your comment! I value your opinion very much! My floater has moved where it doesn't bother me...and its amazing that I feel good that I'm not alone with this.!

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  3. nice drawing...hope you get continued relief!!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you SO much Myra! Glad you stopped to comment. I appreciate it!

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  4. Love the horse paintings you do, Hilda, you do them so well. Glad the floater is gone. It seems a lot of my artist friends have them. I stopped using the turps in the house, the floater alia, ocular migraine not fun. Hope you went to the eye doctor to have your eyes checked. Please take care and stay well.

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    1. Glad you stopped by to comment Joan. I really appreciate it. When you're painting and something is floating in front of the vision...it becomes pretty scary so its gone for now and hopefully it won't be bothersome... Enjoy your day!!

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  5. How exciting to begin such a series!! Also, what a great idea to do them in a monochromatic style! They'll be spectacular and cohesive because of the palette. I can't wait to see what unfolds here, Hilda, and I hope your vision remains "floater-free!" They are such a distraction.

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    1. This should be a nice series, however, I'm having problems already and I would love to stop and start a portrait! lol Thank you for stopping by and for such a nice comment!!!

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  6. Hilda wat een mooi hoofd heb je gemaakt super gedaan lieve groetjes Daniëlle

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    1. Thank you so much Danielle... You're very kind and I appreciate your comment!!

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  7. Hilda wat een mooi hoofd heb je gemaakt super gedaan lieve groetjes Daniëlle

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  8. Hilda, I absolutely love this painting!

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  9. Hilda, I absolutely love this painting!

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    1. Thank you so much Linda...You are SO kind and I appreciate your comment!!

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  10. Hope your floater is gone for good. I get the occasional ocular migraine - not fun. Running into a black bear doesn't sound like fun either. Glad your trip was safe and that you got some lovely reference photos. This horse is a beauty!!

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    1. My trip was wonderful Chris and I have a collection of reference photos that should keep me busy for awhile. LOL They say that the bears are active but like they say...
      they won't bother you unless you get too close to them... They don't have to tell me twice.! Thank you for that very nice comment.

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  11. Hate those floaters!! I had a bad one a few years ago that occluded about 1/3 of the visual field in one eye. It's mostly gone. I hope your "spider" disappears completely!!!
    Kathryn XX

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    1. Thank you Kathryn. It seems to be gone.. I'm so happy and hope it stays away!! Glad you stopped by to comment!!

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  12. Dear Hilda, your beautiful horse seems almost to smile, he has a very sweet expression.
    A beautiful portrait of horse with a specific character, as always with you, that "captures" the soul of people and animals.
    Sorry about your eye, I know what you mean.
    After surgery, I woke up with two small things like that that you say.
    They are, however, very close to the outer edges of the vision for which I try to ignore and I can almost always.
    Use of very dark glasses, even when there is not much sun, to avoid glare, even artificial light, it seems to get better.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by to comment, Rita. I'm so glad you like the horse. I'm glad your eyes are better and hope you are well...I think of you often.

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  13. Dear Hilda - glad your floater has disappeared. My mom gets them too...very distracting I am sure. Been to Cade's Cove. Such an amazing place. Your horse painting is beautiful friend. Thank you for sharing. Take care.

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    1. I'm glad its gone as well...they are so distracting like you said! And I'm so glad you went to Cades Cove...a lovely place to visit, right?

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  14. Such a beautiful piece, Hilda - I love it! Glad your floater is gone - I've had them and they are so distracting and worrisome! Very glad to have you and your beautiful work back again - you've been missed!

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    1. You are SO kind, Connie! I appreciate your comment! Thank goodness, I'm back to norm..at least for now...hopefully it won't come back. I'm glad you liked the horse!!

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  15. Hola Hilda: Una pintura exquisita y delicada en los tonos sepia, reflejan la ternura de este fiel compañero. Un abrazo!!!

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    1. Muchisimas gracias Mercedes por un comentario muy amable. Me gusta trabajando con sepia!!!
      un abrazo!

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  16. This is just beautiful Hilda. I love Cade's Cove although I haven't been there in years. Sorry about your eye, I have had floaters all my life, such a shame they can't go in there and zap them or something.

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    1. Thank you Barbara !!! I'm glad you visited Cade's Cove....I hope everyone gets a chance as well! My floater is gone and hope it stays away... a strange feeling I don't want again!!

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  17. The horse is absolutely beautiful, Hilda! Sorry about the floater, I had one a few weeks ago and gladly it disappeared again. Good to read I am not the only one.

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    1. Thank you Judy! I'm so glad you liked the horse...Your comment means a lot to me!! And you're right, It feels good when you know you're not alone!!!

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  18. The park sounds like a gorgeous ( and dangerous ) place, and obviously led you to some great inspiration.Love this monochromic horse , your portraits are always spot on !Really sorry for your floater , so annoying , but luckily it went away !

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    1. Oh Jane, it's really not dangerous. It's all about how you handle yourself if you get too close. They are so beautiful and they just like to be left alone... just don't get close if they have their babies with them...lol You're very generous with your comment...thank you so much...

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  19. Such a peaceful portrait to enjoy today! A series would be fantastic!
    Hope you wont encounter the eye problem again, I left detailed work only because I have a poor sight.

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  20. Such a peaceful portrait to enjoy today! A series would be fantastic!
    Hope you wont encounter the eye problem again, I left detailed work only because I have a poor sight.

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  21. Such a peaceful portrait to enjoy today! A series would be fantastic!
    Hope you wont encounter the eye problem again, I left detailed work only because I have a poor sight.

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    1. I'm so sorry about having poor sight! I can imagine how frustrating that could be doing detailed work..however, your work is fantastic!
      I'm glad you like the horse! I'm still deciding on a series because the second one is really giving me problems.!! lol

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  22. Bonjour chère amie,

    Je suis désolée de lire que tu aies eu des ennuis avec tes yeux. J'espère qu'ils sont désormais définitivement disparus.
    J'ai un immense plaisir à admirer le portrait ce magnifique cheval. Quelle belle allure !
    Lorsque je rencontre un cheval et que je le regarde j'ai l'impression qu'il me parle... En réalité son regard est grand ouvert sur son âme ! Enfin je ne sais pas si je m'exprime bien !
    Aujourd'hui, je retrouve et je ressens la même chose en admirant ton oeuvre.
    Très joli travail, chère amie.
    J'ai hâte de voir une belle série équine.

    Gros bisous ♡

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    1. Thank you so much Martine! I'm glad you like the horse and since I'm having problems with the second one I might pick up a portrait to do!!! This horse spoke to me...he had such a beautiful face!

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  23. Bonjour chère amie,

    Je suis désolée de lire que tu aies eu des ennuis avec tes yeux. J'espère qu'ils sont désormais définitivement disparus.
    J'ai un immense plaisir à admirer le portrait ce magnifique cheval. Quelle belle allure !
    Lorsque je rencontre un cheval et que je le regarde j'ai l'impression qu'il me parle... En réalité son regard est grand ouvert sur son âme ! Enfin je ne sais pas si je m'exprime bien !
    Aujourd'hui, je retrouve et je ressens la même chose en admirant ton oeuvre.
    Très joli travail, chère amie.
    J'ai hâte de voir une belle série équine.

    Gros bisous ♡

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  24. Well Hilda Dear, welcome to aging, something is always going awry. It is annoying and paintful, but hopefully it goes as fast as it comes. I don't think they go away as much as we learn to ignore them or the brain cancel them out somehow. Loving the horse and can't wait to see the many you have. Did you see any of the elk? The Smokies wonderful, moody and very old, something about this is so solid and stable. The always put all my issues into perspective.

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    1. I know what you mean...they say as we "get older" ...these problems start showing up! But I'm not old....LOL Actually I saw an Elk the last time I visited the Smokies and she had a baby with her which was such a treat to see from afar!!

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  25. I am very happy to discover and follow your very nice and interesting blog with the so wonderful art works !!!
    Thank you for your visit to my blog and nice comments too !!!

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    1. Welcome to my blog! and thank you for stopping by to comment!! I appreciate it so much!

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  26. Glad you had a good trip and saw some interesting creatures. Nice job on the horse. Sounds like a good series to do.

    Sorry about your floater...those things are so annoying!

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    1. Thank you Joan! I had a wonderful trip... the smokies is a beautiful place to visit and know I'll be back again! I'm glad you like the horse!!

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  27. This is a beautiful horse study Hilda; I love the monochrome treatment and a series of these would be amazing. I also have a floater coupled with a cataract and find detailed work quite difficult now. I'm glad yours has moved out of the line of sight for now. ;-)

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    1. I'm glad you like my horse, John. I'm sorry about your floater...now I know how you feel..
      I don't have cataract problems but the doctors did tell me that I have the start but it should be okay for about 10 years...hopefully he's right although my friend said she sees colors even better after the surgery!

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  28. Beautiful job, Hilda! Horses have so much personality, I can see this being a wonderful series. I'm sorry to hear about your vision problems, it must be very frustrating.

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    1. thank you Celia for such a nice comment!! I'm glad you like it...and my floater seems to have disappeared for now so I'm really happy about that!!

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  29. Hi my friend.
    Lovely painting of this Horse, Beautiful infact. More please. I also have a floater occasionaly, It comes then disappears. I`m glad your Hand is better Hilda. All the best.
    Vic.


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    1. thank you my friend for stopping by to comment! You just made my day! I'm feeling wonderful..I appreciate you asking. Enjoy the rest of the day!

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  30. Just lovely Hilda, and I like the mottled background you chose to work on. It adds depth without being overpowering. The eye floaters are so frustrating! I hope yours stays gone!

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    1. Thank you Mary for stopping by to comment.
      I enjoyed doing the background like this... it was so different for me and glad you liked it.
      Have a wonderful day!

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  31. I'm sorry to hear you've had difficulties, Hilda.

    Nice job on this handsome fella. Keep up the good work!

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  32. Thank you so much Diana! I appreciate you stopping by to comment! And so glad you like my horse!!! Enjoy this beautiful day!

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  33. Hi Hilda! Nice job on the horse, looks so real! Good luck with your serie, hope you're feeling better, Hugs

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  34. Thank you Helen! I'm feeling wonderful and I'm glad you like the horse! Enjoy the rest of the evening!

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  35. Beautiful horse painting and I'm glad you will be doing more! I hope the floater stays away. I have a few of them and they are so annoying!

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  36. Beautiful horse painting and I'm glad you will be doing more! I hope the floater stays away. I have a few of them and they are so annoying!

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  37. Thank you so much Theresa! so glad you liked the horse. The floater is gone and hopefully it won't be back...I have to admit....it scared me!! Lol

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  38. Sorry I didn't know you were in the Smokies. We were there too at the same time.

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  39. Sorry I didn't know you were in the Smokies. We were there too at the same time.

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    1. LOVE the smokies! Beautiful place for us to paint !! You're very lucky living in such an amazing place!

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  40. Antes de nada, espero y deseo que tus problemas en el ojo ya los tengas superados.
    Con respecto a ese viaje por EEUU ha debido ser algo apasionante. Oh... ver osos negros!! Qué maravilla! Y caballos... te felicito por tan interesante viaje y por esta pintura del caballo tan bien hecho.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Muchisimas gracias Josh por Un comentario muy amable ....Lo agradezco!! Mi problema con mi ojo es mejor..!! Un abrazo, mi amigo!

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  42. How did I miss this one!

    I just returned home from a month in the Smokies. Cades Cove is indeed a very interesting place.

    Love the effect of this horse drawing. soooo effective!

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