The first one reminds me of the New River in Ashe County, North Carolina. We have gone "tubing" down that scenic river many times.
|Mountain Creek, by Jeanne T. McBrayer, 2012|
It was begun in a class with Tom Jones at Raleigh's Art of the Carolinas. The object was to achieve the look of the sun splashing through the trees and reflecting on the water.
The other one was also begun in a Tom Jones class. It represents a cabin in Yellowstone National Park. The object was to represent the mist over in the mountains.