Chroma Thrills on the Blue Ridge Parkway – colorful abstract mountain art


Chroma Thrills on the Blue Ridge Parkway is a contemporary mountain painting of the Linn Cove Viaduct by artist Kent Paulette.  There are vibrant fall colors in the trees with red, orange, and yellow leaves.  The bold colors in the sky are blue and purple with some white clouds.  There is a gray road called The Linn Cove Viaduct which is located in the Appalachian Mountains near Grandfather Mountain.  It’s a bridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway that was built in 1979 in a careful way as to preserve the natural environment while giving drivers a beautiful view of the outdoors.

The style of this abstract nature painting is the colorful geometric shapes of Cubism, Impressionism, and Expression mixed with Paulette’s unique style.  The brushstrokes that Boone artist Kent Paulette used on Chroma Thrills on the Blue Ridge Parkway are dynamic and create lots of movement.  He added natural elements from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina where he lives when he painted this beautiful autumn landscape in November 2015.  Buy this modern art in small & large sizes on canvas.

Some of the colorful geometric shapes in this are angular and some are curvy which give this colorful artwork an organic feel.  Landscape painter Kent Paulette is inspired by The Linn Cove Viaduct which is a famous place in the mountains of North Carolina.  He also loves capturing the beauty in nature when he creates his fine art.  A hospital in Paulette’s hometown bought one of his Chroma Thrills wall art to bring joy and serenity to its patients and their families.

When discussing his process for this landscape painting, Paulette said, “The fall colors, especially the reds, at my home studio in Powder Horn Mountain this year were so amazing. On the morning that I started Chroma Thrills on the Blue Ridge Parkway, I waded through Laurel Creek to collect a bucket of creek water, and since it was raining, I also set out a bucket to collect rain water. I may have been soaking wet after that, but it’s a good way to get connected to nature right before I begin a painting. I mixed the rain water with the acrylic paint for the sky and I used creek water for all the trees.”

High Country artist Kent Paulette described his process for this contemporary painting further, “All those shapes in the sky just kinda happen in the moment without any kind of planning. I’m always pretty surprised to see what emerges out of all those brushstrokes… it’s actually what interests me the most about painting right now.”


One of K. Paulette’s collectors, Tom H., saw this original art and said,  “I love this painting! I think it’s really cool that you used rain water and creek water in mixing the paint. Susan would love the spiritual significance of that, not just for this painting but as an expression of your own spiritual connectedness with your art and your environment.”

Susan T. reaction to this abstract painting was “I would love to look at this painting every day…rich in color, depth, motion, and meaning.”

Greg Beckwith explained how Kent Paulette’s original painting Chroma Thrills on the Blue Ridge Parkway made him feel, “The shapes that emerge from the sky especially remind me of the images I played with a bit through the Google dream code. It works as a hook, making me pensive about your perception and how they occur.”


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