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Georgia to Florida

Athens, Georgia to Leesburg, Florida

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What a crazy weather day it was driving out of Georgia down to Florida. I find out that some major storm system was going thru Georgia and I got just the tail end. The deluge of rain lasted about 2 solid hours of the long drive to Leesburg. It slowed things up pretty bad because the wind was whipping the trailer around quite a bit.
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I know it’s the south but I was still surprised to see very large confederate flags out and about as I drove thru towns and I saw them along the highway too.
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The rain was just coming down in sheets!
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Oh and I saw tons of road kill but this was my first Armadillo in Georgia.

So after a long drive to Leesburg FL I was looking forward to a break in the Humidity which lasted about a half a day. Then the sky broke open and absolutely poured on us. I was out in downtown Leesburg passing out flyers for the workshop and telling the locals about Sculpt across America and got completely drenched.
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It did let up fairly quickly but this was very random weather and I'm definitely not used to the humidity.
Here's the city hall and newly rejuvenated downtown district in this very small quaint town.

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There was tons of great buildings and huge old trees
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In true southern form Christianity is big and God is in the coffee Business! These Dueling Downtown Shops are kitty corner from each other and claims to be divine!
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There’s lots of character in these small towns starting with their cars. Yes that’s a powder blue pimped out caddy with Texas long horns as a hood ornament.
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So I'm at The Leesburg Art Center teaching a 2 Day Portrait Sculpting Workshop. The Facility is multi-functional and just hosted the 12th Annual Bikefest where the art center was turned into a night club and bar just for their event and when I arrived the space was cleared out and ready to sculpt in! Awesome way to keep an art center going when the economy forces you to get creative in tricky economic times.

I started with my "Speed in Which Form Turns" power point presentation to walk them through the basics and then we dove in starting with the profile.
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That night I headed out to see the town and I came across a public boat dock. The water’s edge was all swampy and right away I spotted a small 3ft alligator and watched as it darted around the shallow water as I stood safely on the high metal dock. There were some nice fisher men on the end of the dock and shared some alligator stories with me and said they hang out under the docks to sleep and hunt. So I checked out the other docks to see what I could see. I was about 20ft away and there was a huge splash and the fishermen went crazy hollering at me to run over its a big one. And yes it was they said it jumped out of the water with something in its mouth. I got there and saw it as it swam out to the middle of the lake. It was big, the guys said at least 7-8 ft long!
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I was able to snap a shot of the little gator but the big one ducked down too fast as a ski boat zoomed by us.

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I was very happy to have my very own gator sightings! The sun was setting and I was pleased with my evening adventure~

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And of course there's southern characters everywhere you look!
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Day two of our sculpting workshop we brought the features out to full volume working off our profiles and silhouettes. Our model is looking quite peaked and thats the results of a late night out partying with very little sleep and was sick and nauseated the intire day.
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Our numbers were few but intensity and fun was abundant. After we headed out for drinks and hanging out. What a great town full of wonderful people ~ Thank YOU Leesburg Florida!

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Posted by Karen Cope 18:45

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