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Chinese Visitors

Chinese visitors with our president David Olive

Chinese visitors with our president David Olive

We have a group of Chinese visitors on our campus.  There are 4 college students and 1 professor. The students will be here for 1 month and the professor is here for 2 months.  Today they joined our Appalachian Trail class on a hike in Bastian, Virginia on a short section of the Appalachian Trail.  It was a beautiful hike crossing Little Wolf Creek about 6 times and walking under a few tunnels of Rhododendron bushes.  In all we had 27 people on this hike.  We also saw lots of mushrooms and flowers and only got our feet a little wet.

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Mount Nittany

Graphite Draawing of Mount Nittany

Graphite Draawing of Mount Nittany

This is a graphite drawing I did in 1981 of Mount Nittany while I was in graduate school at Pennsylvania State University.   Linda and I lived in married housing and at the end of the parking lot was a large field.  This was the view from there.  In all, I did about 8 graphite drawings, 8 pastel drawings, and 6 oil paintings from this viewpoint.  The paper size is fairly large at 25 x 38 inches and all of them are different.   I remember one day it was raining so I parked my van at the edge of the field, opened the sliding door and drew this majestic mountain.

On a side note, I remember when we first moved in the apartment it was so small I felt like that cartoon where insects lived in a matchbox.  I guess seeing all those roaches running around added to that visualization.

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