I have started a new series of drawings and paintings depicting old mines and caves.  There are many abandoned copper mines along the nearby hiking trails of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.  Some of the mines date back to the 17th century when Dutch settlers found deposits of the ore in a ravine off the mighty river.  Besides the old mines, the Army Corp of Engineers cut a tunnel into the mountain to test the stability of the strata for a large dam project that was eventually shelved.   Bus-length long rock-core borings 3 feet in diameter are strewn about this section of the Appalachian Trail and remain a ironic monument to the folly.  Of course there are numerous animal dens, too, that can be found off local streets with names like, “Bear Cave Road”. 

I hope to convey a sense of mystery and intrigue with the cave and mine images.  I will be sure to post the drawings and paintings as the series develops.  Those dense, dark portals beckon.

Published in: Uncategorized on April 18, 2011 at 4:10 pm  Comments (5)  

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  1. You have certainly achieved the mystery and intrigue that you were hoping for. The bluish cast on the element, foreground right for instance, adds to the effect.

  2. Journey to the center of the earth…
    intriguing as always.

  3. Very nice…. I like how you have added a touch of white.

  4. I agree, you’ve achieved the mystery and and intrigue, and the color is a nice touch.

  5. Ooh, interesting! I love caves, but mines always sound rather dangerous. Your drawing conveys that darkness.

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