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Kudzu and Pines

Kudzu and Pines
Oil on panel. The Yocona riverbottom is an interesting landscape feature. It is one of the few areas in the North Mississippi hill country that goes flat. Sandwiched between bluffs, it stretches along with the tiny Yocona River, averaging approximately a mile wide. It is the result of natural intermittent flooding, that is, before the channel was dredged by the U.S. Corps of Engineers back in the TVA days. Still, there are remnants of the river's former meanderings in the form of oxbow lakes, which make for interesting compositions. In this sketch, I am set up at the edge of one bluff, overlooking the river bottom; the indication of distant trees is the opposite edge of bluffs.