Journal

Featured Artists

I thought I’d share information about a few artists online with whom I’ve enjoyed interacting over the years. Guests are encouraged to visit their respective sites, and, if so desired, inquire about an opportunity to purchase their artworks. I’ve also included quotes as descriptions – in their own words. Enjoy the creativity of these featured artists!!!

Tiffany Arp-Daleo | Contemporary Art

Tiffany Arp-Daleo has over 20 years experience painting in San Diego, Ca. Working primarily with acrylics and oils in abstract and mixed media, she has developed a unique painting style described as Bohemian Abstract. Her paintings will catch your eye with bold contrast, gobs of rich color, and layers of texture.

North Liza Lane | Painting, Illustration & Graphic Design

North Liza Lane is a growing body of work originating from inspiration, and the creative desire to contribute to the greater good through images of thoughtful wonder. My focus is to offer a possibility, or the first chapter of a story that allows the viewer to create an ending, and maybe a moment of self discovery. Currently I combine realism with abstract to reflect the layers of life and the constant information offered through our individual and collective experiences.

Randi Grace Nilsberg | Photography

A piece of art on the wall brings atmosphere to a room. With digital textures I add a little mystery and flair to my nature photos, a painterly effect that makes them unique. I hope my art lets you drift away for a moment, to good memories or into a dream for the future.

Natalie Baca | Artist + Designer

Natalie Baca is an artist and designer, who loves to incorporate “found” objects into her pieces. After leading an exciting path in the fashion world in New York City and traveling the world with the marketing of new products, Natalie finally decided there was a need for a career change. She picked up some broken tiles and paint and began a new career in the art world. With no formal training in art, she taught herself through experimenting and trial and error. Her love for texture, color, and patterns can be seen throughout her work.

Thanks for stopping by!

Moon View

View from a baron moonscape as the sun emanates rings of heat from 93,000,000 miles away. You won’t have to travel to the moon, however, to enjoy this scene. Rather, simply visit my online galleries at Zazzle & Pixels, where you can discover out-of-this-world items! Here are a few examples…

Framed Prints

Puzzles

Many sizes available. Made in USA with sturdy cardboard and mounted on chipboard. Easy wipe-clean surface. Fun for the entire family!

Fleece Blankets

Available in two sizes. Made of either plush fleece or sherpa fleece. Luxuriously soft. Printed on top with white back.

Bicycle Playing Cards
Yoga Mats

Return To Stinging Fork Falls

Following my recent hike at Piney Falls State Natural Area – including Upper Piney Falls & Lower Piney Falls – I drove 10 miles to Stinging Fork Falls, located along the Little Soak Creek in Rhea County west of Spring City, Tennessee. I’d rate the trail as moderately difficult, especially following a heavy rain, with rocky surfaces, steep hillsides and wooden stairs in need of repair – watch your step!

On the trail, turning left to follow orange markers is a detour down the mountain to the Cumberland Trail. Don’t go that way. If you follow the yellow trail markers, you’ll arrive at an overlook – with a view that was only okay. Staying on the main trail – follow the white markers – you’ll eventually reach the 30-foot falls. Use caution: a few trees had fallen across the trail.

Photographs

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Prints

Enjoy a variety of prints in your home or office – framed, canvas, art, metal, wood and/or acrylic.

Lower Piney Falls

Lower Piney Falls stands 40′ tall, and, from the top, has a nice view of a high-walled gorge. There isn’t, unfortunately, access to the base of the falls. Located on the Cumberland Plateau near Grandview, Tennessee, it’s one of two waterfalls that visitors can enjoy – see Upper Piney Falls. Trails are well kept and relatively easy, great for families and/or dogs. Generally, a quiet spot.

Photographs

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The following photographs of Lower Piney Falls were taken the day after a heavy rainfall…

Prints

Visit my gallery at Pixels to select from a variety of available prints types – for the home or office!

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Upper Piney Falls

Note: also see previous post – Piney Falls State Natural Area

I recently had an opportunity to hike Piney Falls State Natural Area (Upper Piney Falls & Lower Piney Falls), as well as Stinging Fork Falls. It was an exhausting day and I was quite sore when I woke up Monday morning. Be that as it may, it was certainly worth it – tired feet, quiet mind.

I selected these two sites because, first, they are only 10 miles apart, and second, I’d hiked each one of these parks last summer when the water was low. This time around, following a massive weather system the day before, water was in abundance! Here are links to my previous visits:

Of course, the trails were muddy and slippery, with damp leaves and wet rocks. Also, due to high waters, it wasn’t possible to safely cross the river on top of the 80′ Upper Piney Falls – where the mountain trail continues along a rim and leads to an area for descent into the gorge. However, following the trail loop in the other direction, passed Lower Piney Falls, access to the base of the falls is available. It’s also possible to walk behind the falls, though due to a high-volume of mist and windy conditions while visiting, I was nearly soaked! Haha.

Photographs

Here are a few photographs I shot while hiking. In the days ahead, I’ll add more pictures, including images of both Lower Piney Falls & Stinging Fork Falls

Prints

As always, I’ve made prints available in my gallery for anyone who may be interested. With several print types to select, you’re sure to find something which suits your wishes!

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