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Terry Hall Arts - Swamp at Chippokes
Swamp at Chippokes

Virginia has a wonderful state park system.  Along the James River in Surrey County is Chippokes Plantation State Park, a plantation site from the olden days of yore.  A fun thing to do here is to take the ferry across the river to colonial Jamestown and Williamsburg. Continue reading “Swamp at Chippokes”

The Pencil’s Progress – Chippokes Swamp

Thunbergia at the Door
Thunbergia at the Door

I came across this beautiful vine growing beside the doorway of a shop in Chapala, Mexico about ten years ago.  Photos were taken with the idea that I might like to paint the scene someday.  Well, someday has come, so here it is in glowing pixels on your computer screen or mobile device. Continue reading “Thunbergia at the Door”

Irises - A German in Siberia
Irises – A German in Siberia

This colored pencil painting was inspired by the irises in our front yard.  Our Siberian iris have been multiplying like crazy, so we moved some from the back garden to the front.  Along with them, we planted a German (bearded) iris of unknown color (it was a freebie).  When bloom time came in May, the German was yellow, which is a nice complement to the bluish purple Siberians. Continue reading “A German in Siberia”

Fruit of the Spirit
Fruit of the Spirit

By the power of the Holy Spirit, God’s people will bear good fruit.  Colored pencil on cold-press watercolor paper, 12″ x 16″. Continue reading “Fruit of the Spirit”

Trees in the Park
Trees in the Park

This is a colored pencil work that I drew while visiting one of the local Roanoke City parks on my lunch break. Continue reading “Trees in the Park”

The Pumpkin Wagon
The Pumpkin Wagon

There is a pretty little hobby farm near our home.  The old farmhouse has been restored, and surrounding it is a menagerie of goats, donkeys, miniature horses, and other critters. Continue reading “The Pumpkin Wagon”

My Portable Drawing Kit

Colored Pencil Points

Trying to fit a little art time into life can be challenging.  For example, I work a full-time job, help my wife with her work, and try to take care of myself and our household.  Then there are responsibilities for the community and family, and other interests to pursue.  I’m sure everyone has similar challenges, so making time and space for art requires some ingenuity and discipline. Continue reading “My Portable Drawing Kit”

What could possibly be more fun than Watching Paint Dry?

In Search of Ancient Animations

A Soap Film

These are videos of the patterns of color and light that form on the surface of a soap film.  I recorded and edited the video this morning.  The music, Coqui Spirits, is also on the music page of this blog.

Coqui Spirits

Coqui Spirits is an ambient soundscape meant to evoke the little tree frogs that live in Puerto Rico.  They are called coqui, and their song sounds a lot like their name. Continue reading “Coqui Spirits”

Enlarging and Transferring an Image for a Painting

Terry Hall Arts - Japanese Landscape
My interpretation of Hokusai’s “A View of Aoigaoka Waterfall in Edo”

I just finished painting this interpretation of Hokusai’s “A View of Aoigaoka Waterfall in Edo” using ink and acrylic wash on canvas.  The dimensions are 36″ by 24″.  There were a lot of steps involved in getting from a print in an art book to the final result, and I thought it would be fun to document some of the process.

Continue reading “Enlarging and Transferring an Image for a Painting”

Stupid Crustaceans

This little tune was recorded in my living room sometime in the 90’s. Continue reading “Stupid Crustaceans”

Sunflower Fields and Villa

Sunflower Field and Villa
Terry Hall Arts – Sunflower Field and Villa

A while back I went on a tour of Europe with family.  I took lots of photos.  Somewhere between northwest Italy and southern France we saw this field of sunflowers with the building, Italian pines, and Italian cypress in the background. Continue reading “Sunflower Fields and Villa”

New Watercolors

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