Last week it was my privilege to attend a conference at the Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell, NC. For over 40 years my journey has led me there for different events. I remember back in the seventies I attended, as a youth director, with our youth from church and have memories of sleepless nights; shaving cream issues with the boys; watched as teens would fall in love with each other; and always experience God at work in the lives of us all. I am older now and remember that feeling of sadness when it was time to go from that holy place. So many decisions in my life were made at Caswell; so many commitments to God I remember. The Caswell experience did not disappoint last week. It was like being with an old friend reunited with all creation before me. Here are a couple of sketches from last week.
At the beach Fishing Pier
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I do love western NC, particularly the towns and communities surrounding Asheville. We lived in Weaverville, a small town north of Asheville, back in the 1980’s and have found it to be our “home away from home.” Last week while on a visit to Weaverville, I made a trip into downtown Asheville and walked around Pack Square. I found this yellow truck parked outside Pack’s Tavern and just had to draw it.
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As you know I grew up in the “low country” and 40 years ago I found my way to North Carolina to pursue my education. I never went back home. North Carolina has beauty from the coast to the mountains. I prefer to visit all of the sites in NC!
I do enjoy the mountains, especially in the summer. I notice that the light in the mountains change minute by minute and the colors and shadows give new life to a familiar scene each day. This piece is inspired from a friend’s photograph taken on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Summer in the mountains! I love it!
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Traveling around eastern NC there are some sights to see if you are paying attention. I was traveling near Greenville, NC in the rural area near the community of Fountain, NC and came across these two old cars. I couldn’t resist sketching them. They bring back memories from days gone by.
Last month I was able to attend a professional meeting in Seattle. On an afternoon break I took a city bus into downtown. While riding on the bus I turned to the lady sitting next to me. We discovered that she, too, was from North Carolina and had moved from NC forty years ago. I asked her which stop would be best for me to see the city. She indicated the stop and I jumped off the bus and began a wonderful afternoon walking through the city. These are a couple of sketches from my sketchbook.