Some watercolor studies in my Moleskine sketch book. This is Bubb lake in Eagle Bay (of Bubb and Sis Lake, just before Moss Lake) in the morning. It was about a 15 minute hike into the woods. Very secluded, not another person around, common for a lot of the lakes up here. A loon appeared right in front of me. I looked down at my sketchbook for a few seconds and when I looked back up, he had disappeared. He surfaced again about 100 yards away.
This is Little Long Lake in the early morning fog. Version below is shortly after the fog cleared. As I was painting in my moleskin sketchbook at about 6 am, the perfect calm and peacefulness of my Adirondack experience was shattered by a guy walking up the road, whistling and talking to himself REALLY LOUDLY. I sat really still and quiet, hoping he would just walk on by. No such luck. Then I hear the crunching of gravel under his feet getting closer, and he says very loudly, "Hey buddy, did you catch anything??!" I ignored him again, hoping he was talking to someone else who actually had a fishing pole. Not a chance. He came down to where I was painting and started a conversation. The thought that popped into my head as he described White Lake as being the Manhattan of the Adirondacks was that out of 6 million acres of forever wild land, how did this guy stumble upon me? When I experience the Adirondacks, the last thing I want is Manhattan! Anyway, he turned out to be a nice enough guy... offered me the use of his canoe, etc. Probably would have given me a fishing pole too!
Different versions of White Lake, a very crowded, a lot of boats. Not exactly the Adirondack experience.
From the Adirondack Museum cafe overlooking Blue Mountain Lake.
A few sketches from inside the Adirondack museum. The sketch on left is of a model of a building from Santa's Workshop, designed by Arto Monaco. The first step in realizing the theme parks he helped build or built himself in the late 1940's, which included Santa's workshop and the Land of Make Believe.
A totem pole from memory, outside of Blue Mountain Lake.