Thursday, July 13, 2017

Rondout Lighthouse

11 x 14

A lovely, but hot and sunny day on the Hudson River produced this painting of the Rondout Lighthouse. My plein air group met at the Rotary Park, which is the old site of Kingston Point.
A hundred years ago and more, it was the steamboat landing and amusement park that 1000s of people visited, including my grandmother, who loved to talk about it.

You can walk along the trolley tracks and there are big shade trees and a few picnic tables. It's a lot 
different than in my youth when it was an overgrown mess.  The Rotary club has been working on it for a couple of decades and now it's a very peaceful park.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summertime in the Catskills

I'm really looking forward to the new art show that will be hanging in the recently painted community room at our library!
And look what they did!  Used my painting for the poster!

Here's the link to their website. Olive Free Library

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Lisa's Cow

Grazing on West Shokan Heights
11 x 14
oil on panel

Started as a plein air painting and recently finished in my studio, this is a simple painting of Lisa's Cow!

Lisa is my cousin, well, second cousin once removed to be exact. 

She keeps her cows and chickens on a lovely old farm that has been in our "Eckert" family for many, many generations.  Located on the corner of West Shokan Heights Rd. and High Point Mountain Rd, West Shokan,  it's a place that always makes me feel peaceful.  My grandfather's Uncle Andrew built the house. He and his brother, my grandfather, Russell Eckert, were Civil War veterans.  Russell's house is across High Point Road.  

I love that she has animals grazing here again. Her barn is on the upper road and I had to include it as it sort of peeked out from the big tree line of evergreens.  Her two cows didn't pay me much mind as I stood out there on the side of the road for a couple hours in the hot summer sun last year.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Swimming Hole

Oil on Board

My dear friends own a home (built by the husband, an amazing craftsman) on the Bushkill Creek. It is home to the most incredible swimming hole.  In the late fall, the trout come up to spawn and lay in these deep, ice cold waters.  You can hardly get in this water until August. The rocks are a perfect place to sit and contemplate.  My mom used to swim here when she was a kid. It's a million dollar place to cool off, in my opinion!  

To celebrate their 44th anniversary, I painted this little "vignette". Colors aren't quite true in this photo, but close. 

Roeliff Jansen Kill

oil on board
currently at the Olive Free Library, West Shokan, NY.

The Roeliff Jansen Kill is a major tributary to the Hudson River.  It was the traditional boundary between the Native American Mahican tribe and the Wappinger tribe.

I'd never seen this gorgeous creek before, but my husband had.  One day, we took a drive to Red Hook, in Dutchess County, and I took a bunch of photos from the roadside.  I decided on this composition which didn't require much editing. I can't wait to go there again, maybe for plein air.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Summer Plein Air

I just finished a four week plein air class through the Woodstock School of Art. I've been taking this same July workshop for several years.  I've said it before, but I just love my instructor! Kate McGloughlin! She makes it so fun. 
I never would have been painting on these days if it weren't for her and the fact I signed up back in February.  To say those four Thursdays were HOT would be putting in mildly.

I was feeling sick on two of the days following the class. Probably didn't drink enough water. I get so into what I'm painting that I forget! I mean, how old do I have to get before I GET THAT?  If a  migraine wasn't enough to teach me, I don't know what will.

Anyway, the important thing was that I got to paint at two old farms that I've never painted at before. 
This one is from my dear childhood friend's home here in West Shokan. I spent many Saturdays growing up playing here with her.  
  Some of the large coups are gone, but this cute little barn still stands in excellent condition. South Mountain is seen in the distance. 

 Rokeby Fields
Watercolor & Pastel
As part of a field trip with the WSA class, we painted at Rokeby in Tivoli again this summer. 

 Lone Tree Island
Messing around with watercolor on Goose Bay in the 1000 Islands. Love this little island. Only one house! The owner runs around with a lawn mower in about 10 minutes. 

John Deere Green
oil on panel
We visited the old farm at Herrick's bridge on Rt. 212 between Woodstock and Saugerties. 
Scorching hot day, but I found my spot in the shade. While I was really attracted to the big red barn, the cute tractor was sitting in the shade, like me!
Currently hanging at the Olive Library. 

Sunday, July 31, 2016

A plein air shelf

Last night I came across a great blog by Thomas Jefferson Kitts. He generously shared his design and a diagram to make your own. You can buy these for about $35.00 made from plastic, but with an $18.00 shipping fee, I decided to pitch the DIY to my husband.

I told him about it last night about 9PM. Printed out the diagram.
When I got home from Mass this morning, he presented me with my very own shelf! It's absolutely perfect! Made from wood he had in stock.
I will stain and varnish it. 

It will hold my oil palette very nicely with room for clip on palette cups. 

Here it holds my John Pike watercolor palette which was too big to travel with before. 

I have been trying to perfect my plein air set up for some time. My DH gave me a medium French resistance pochade box for Christmas a few years ago and I love it! I reviewed it here on this blog at that time.

I never have enough space to lay down my equipment. I don't want to make it more complicated than it already is. Last year, I saw a clever "store boughten" shelf that attaches to the tripod legs. Yes, my grandmother actually used to say store boughten!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Old Gatehouse: Mohonk

Old Gatehouse: Mohonk 
10 x 10
$75. plus shipping

I've joined a plein air group again; this time it's watercolor.  A newish medium for me, but I like it! There's a learning curve, for sure!

Last week we gathered at the old gatehouse that led people up to Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz. That was many years ago.  Now, you drive right up to the hotel.

This day was very nice.  A little buggy and lots of people walking on the old road, but neither a distraction.  I spent most of my time trying to sketch the scene out on my paper before starting.  That's so foreign to me. When we oil paint, I just sketch it out in thinned paint. 

The architecture was hard to capture, so I kept it on the vague side. The roof was in the process of being reshingled, so there was black paper on the big roof.  I painted it to match the rest of the tower and I'm sure it's orange again by now! 

I mounted this one on a cradled panel by Ampersand. I used Liquitex Matte Gel to adhere it. I then sprayed it with a couple coats of Grumbacher matte fixative and  I finished it with several layers of Dorland's wax medium to protect it since there's no glass over it.  I saw several artists do this and followed a couple of websites. Check this one out. First time I've done it this way and I'm hoping it holds up!

Currently on display at the Olive Free Library, downstairs. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

New Art Show

I've been terribly delinquent about posting this year!  Not that I haven't been painting a lot, 'cause I have.  I think I have a blockage due to my dissatisfaction with the quality of photos I take of my paintings.
I've taken photos outside, for the most part, to get the most accurate color representation.  However, they still don't look like they do in person.  I also have tried setting up a photo shoot area with two clip on lamps holding daylight bulbs, a tripod, a darkened room, but still they come out just so-so.

If I were ever going to get serious about selling art online or entering more selective art shows, then I would have to bite the bullet and have a professional photograph them.  I've only done that once and I have to admit that the results were outstanding!

Speaking of art shows,  a new one is about to start on May 22nd.  It's at the Woodstock Jewish Center. I sold two paintings there in December when they had the holiday show.
The theme of this new show is Summer.  I entered two plein air landscapes and they accepted both.

Not sure if I will attend the opening or not, but I would like to!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Shurter Farm

11 x 14

In 1984, my mom and dad bought what was left of the Shurter Farm. They were living in West Shokan at the time and my mom had two horses, but not a lot of pasture. She really wanted more room for them. 

So, they sold their home and bought an old farm along Samsonville Road.  My father built a log home and big barn which stands to the left of this scene. The old cow barn was in terrible condition and he had to tear it down. He built himself an equipment building on that foundation. That would be the building above on the left.  

After living there for 22 yrs, my dad decided he wanted to downsize. At 79 yrs old!  So, they sold off the fields you see here with the house and built another on the remaining land just down the road. My mom, who is now 83, still has horses so he had to build her another barn. 
 I wasn't crazy about this plan, because it's hardly downsizing!  It's been almost 10 years and now it seems like they've been in the new place a long time. My mother still misses the log home, but the new house is easier to take care of though she has three bedrooms and two baths! 

The horses she had in '84 have passed away, but she has a retired race horse and two miniatures to take care of every day.  Two other minis she left at the farm above, because the ladies that bought the first farm love them and have become very dear friends of our family.  They turned my dad's equip. barn into a rental home.  

About a month or so ago, I was contacted by a very nice couple that recently bought a home in Samsonville NY.  Coincidently, this is the view from their home!  They love it here and asked if I ever do paintings of High Point Mt.  Here is their commissioned painting of High Pt Mt with the Shurter barns and horse pasture! I hope they like it. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

On a roll?

Wasn't I pleasantly surprised to find out I'd sold two paintings at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation on Sunday?  That was the day of their open house and a chance to view all the paintings submitted. I haven't had a chance to see them, but I will when I bring two different paintings to be hung.

One was painted en plein air in August when the Sawkill Creek was running very low. The favorite swimming spot is called "Little Deep".  It's located along the Zena Road.

The second painting was done from a photo I took when joy riding through the Drybrook area of Arkville.  The road is called Rider Hollow and you won't find a prettier spot!  I love how the old barn sits so close to the road.  So many barns do.  I suppose when the barn was built, the road was a lot narrower.

So here they are, both in other peoples' homes now.

BTW: if you are in the area and want to see the artwork, the location is:
Woodstock Jewish Congregation
1682 Glasco Turnpike
Woodstock,NY 12498

"Little Deep"
8 x 10
oil on panel

"Rider Hollow"
8 x 10
Oil on panel

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sorella Boutique, Woodstock NY

8" x 10"
Oil on panel

*I have no idea what I did to my format in the following post. Please excuse! LOL!

My two adorable nieces opened this boutique about seven years ago.  Called "Sorella", it means sisters in Italian.
They both love fashion!  Anna has had a long career in retail and Regina has a fashion degree from  Newbury College in Boston. This little shop is so cute!  Nestled in the shadow of the cafe next door, it is located on one side of the Village Green.
While Regina is mom to a 16 yr old and twins that are 12, Anna never had any children.  That is, until now!  She is thrilled to be welcoming a baby boy in November.  I don't think she'd be mad if I told you how old she is.  40.   She looks 10 years younger than that and is in excellent health.  She's had a perfect pregnancy and it proves that it's never too late!  Well, of course, that's a stupid statement, but 40 is not too late for lots of women!   Anna has been mom to many dogs.  She and her husband, Luke, are very active finding homes for unwanted shelter dogs, primarily pit bulls.

Back to the painting:  The girls just closed this shop on Monday.  With the impending birth, Anna felt she wanted to stay home with her baby for as long as possible.  They aren't finished with great clothing sales, however!  

From their Facebook page that featured Regina painting walls: 

We are no longer located in woodstock. We are starting up our online business that will be a mix of "used not abused" , vintage & new merchandise . As you see here Regina is at it already! Our Sorella room will be finished in no time. Our plan is to work from home with seasonal pop up parties at local businesses. We already have a few people interested in hosting our first ones. We look forward to the freedom we will have & hope to see you all along the way. Most of you know my first born is expected in 4.5 weeks. Once I'm settled into my new life, we will be at it again.. This is not an end! It's a beautiful beginning.. Love to all of you!

I was on the Village Green a few weeks ago with my plein air class and chose to do a painting of their store.  Architecture isn't my strong suit, but I'm happy with it.  I can't wait to give it to the girls!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Plein Air duo

The calendar says that the summer is winding down, but the thermometer doesn't agree!  We're having temps in the high 80s and still using our pool.  The best part of extended summer, however, is the extra time it gives me to paint outdoors.  

I've had a great summer of painting!  The month of July was spent taking a plein air class with 
the same group of ladies I've been with for the last three summers. It's Kate McGloughlin's "Simplifying the landscape" class.  I will post some painting from that soon, I promise!

No sooner did that class end than a brand new class started in Woodstock.  This one is with a fabulous local artist I've admired for awhile.  I signed up immediately when I saw it would be on 
Thursday mornings.  The artist is Keith Gunderson. When he holds a brush it looks like he's conducting a symphony!

Below are two recent paintings from that class.  The top one is the small falls located on the Tannery Brook in the village of Woodstock. 8 x 10 oil on panel. I don't know if I've finished it or not, but I think it is!  Sometimes I have to look at them for awhile before deciding that. 

 The second one, below, is a glimpse into life on the reservoir on Zena Road.  There's a sweet little
pump house tucked into the woods and the reservoir is home to a couple of Blue Herons.  We were lucky to watch one from a distance.  They look so prehistoric when flying overhead.
This one is also 8 x 10, oil on a canvas panel.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Summer of painting

I haven't posted in a long time. That doesn't mean I haven't been painting, though.  I am having a great summer with lots of activities and visitors.

The best parts, however, are the classes I've been taking at the Woodstock School of Art.  First, a five week long plein air with my favorite teacher, Kate McGloughlin.  We visited some amazing places I wouldn't have access to ordinarily.  

The month of August I've been studying with Keith Gunderson.  I can't describe what an incredible artist he is.  He makes it look easy composing a landscape outdoors and bringing it to life with just a few strokes. It looks like he's conducting an orchestra!  

He has also taken us to sites I've never painted at, all in the Woodstock area.  Next week is the last class and I know I am going to be sad it's ending so soon.  I really hope I'll be able to take classes with him again in the future.

So, I don't have any photos to share because I am in Wiscasset Maine as I write this and don't have photos of finished pieces with me.   I will post lots of them when I get home.

 I hope to get out there and paint some of this special Maine coast scenery.  This is one of my happy places.  

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Causeway Beach

So, here we are in Ft Pierce, FL.  Of all the places we've been in Florida, this is our favorite spot. Specifically, along the inlet from the ocean to the Indian River.
I was here a time or two back in the 60's when I was a kid. We would be on our way to visit my relatives in So. Florida. Traveling with another family who were dear friends, we'd stay one night with their grandparents on the Indian River. Happy times!
We like it here for various reasons. Along A1A, it is relatively quiet. There is a certain feel of "Old Florida".  The US Navy Seals trained here during WW2, and there's lots of history regarding that time.
The Atlantic is so beautiful here! Very blue and rugged. Pelicans everywhere! We can ride our bikes to places and never get in the car for days. Really good local places to eat, often with live music.
The beaches are plentiful and free. Most are not dog friendly, but they are fairly liberal with the rules and I always take my toy poodle, Ginger, with me in her backpack.
The water on the inlet is calm so I prefer that beach. I managed to do a quick 5 x7 plein air painting while sitting in the blazing sun on the Causeway Beach. There were a lot of snowbirds out there that day, but I chose to leave people out of this one. I felt I had to edit a lot out in order to simplify the scene. I considered this a warm up sketch and hope to crank out a couple more before we head north next week.
I must stop being so particular where I set up, what I'm wearing, what the wind conditions are, how bright it is and what palette to use! Getting started is half the battle!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Golden Pastures

8 x 10
Oil on panel

Yesterday, Kate McGloughlin, from the Woodstock School of Art, sent emails around asking for artwork for the Ronald McDonald house in Albany. They need quite a number of landscapes and they asked for pastoral scenes and other traditional subjects.  I'm hoping they will like this Hudson River School style painting I did recently. 
It's loosely a scene from across the river looking back at the Catskills.  Please don't go looking for the exact location! Not unless you want to poke around inside my head, LOL!

I dearly love the Ronald McDonald house!  Eight years ago, my tiny granddaughter spent the first four months of her life in the neonatal intensive care unit at Albany Med.  The Ronald McDonald house is nearby and they also have a center right at the hospital.  My son and daughter in law are fortunate enough to live in the Capital district, so they didn't need to stay at Ronald's house.  However, we all reaped the benefits of the center at the hospital. They provided sofas and places to relax, playthings for kids and spots to use your computer. There was a kitchen and often times pizza and other food was either donated or brought in to share among the families. I can't say enough good things about the Ronald McDonald House. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Buttermilk Falls, The Peekamoose

I'm happy to report that this painting of the Buttermilk Falls has sold.  
I have always loved this waterfall.  In the summer the water roars over the cliff, but this time of year it is little more than a trickle. I chose to paint it at low water, putting more importance to the rock formations than the water.  
It's located on what they used to call "The Gulf Road".  Unpaved and scary until not so many years ago. Now so many people pass through that it's like a super highway! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014


The Catskill Center is having an art exhibit at their location in Arkville. Called "Hemlocks: The backbone of the Catskills". It's an attempt to help bring awareness to a serious problem facing the Catskills, invasive species. To learn more about this problem, click CRISP.

I already blogged that they accepted my painting for the exhibit. Here's a photo on their website showing my painting hanging next to a description. I'm confused about the opening reception. It said it was Thursday November 11. Well, November 11 was a Tuesday! And I didn't know about it so I didn't attend either Tuesday or Thursday!

The show will hang until April 24, 2015.

Another current exhibit is the annual students' exhibit at the Woodstock School of Art.  I was in this last year.  This time I was able to submit two paintings, because I took two different plein air classes.
Here's a photo of me with mine and Carol LaMonda with hers.  She wound up selling hers shortly afterwards!  My friend, Lois Osptapczuk, also has a painting in the show, but was unable to attend the opening. It runs until Dec. 20.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

This barn and fields have proven to be  popular subjects!  Someone purchased this today. That's both paintings sold of this farm called Chapel Farm.  I only learned the name of it today from a woman who grew up on this farm. I believe it belonged or still belongs to Mohonk Mt. House.

I had just taken it to be hung in an exhibit in my town and wasn't even labeled yet! So, tomorrow I'll take it down and ship it out.  I've got a different one in mind for replacement.  The exhibit we have is at the American Legion Hall in Shokan on Mountain Rd. We hope it will be a permanent display. I think we have somewhere around 25 paintings up and they enhance the interior of the building. Or at least WE think the exhibit does. We'll find out from the boy scouts, senior citizens and legionnaires if they share our enthusiasm.

I love this farm. I am making a note to self that I MUST get out there next spring or summer and paint it again. I like the view from up and around the bend.  It shows our most beloved Catskills in the distance.

Friday, October 17, 2014

A new show!

I just got notified today that my painting "Palen Tannery, Kaaterskill Creek" has been accepted in a show at the Erpf Center in Arkville.

"The Catskill Center and the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership are creating an exhibit about a very important Catskill Region tree, the Eastern Hemlock. The exhibit will include information about the history of the tree in the Catskills, its affects on the local culture, threats to the survival of the Hemlock, and current activities to help the hemlock thrive once again in the region."

I am very pleased to be included! Now I have to frame it.....

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Palen Tannery, Kaaterskill Creek

Palen Tannery, Kaaterskill Creek
8 x 10
Oil on board

As I've mentioned before, I love local history.  I've been spending a lot of time painting from old photos to try and recapture locations that no longer exist. Living near the Ashokan Reservoir and collecting lots of old photos of the towns destroyed has given me lots of material to work with. 

I also love the Palenville area and the places where the Hudson River School artists painted.  I came across an old sketch of a tannery that once stood on the Kaaterskill Creek.  Much research revealed that it was built and operated by Gilbert Palen. Now it makes sense where the town name came from!  
Whether the old tannery really looked like it does in my painting doesn't matter to me.  I wanted to capture what I thought the light would look like streaming into the narrow valley. The once plentiful hemlock trees had all been cut at one time.  The bark was chewed up and steamed or boiled.  The liquid was used to tan leather. Much of it was shoe leather!

Friday, October 10, 2014

She's Gone

Mountain Rest
11 x 14

 I woke up this morning to find that someone had purchased the painting I called Mountain Rest.
It's a landscape with a barn in it. More than that, it's the beautiful site you see when driving up to Mohonk Mt. House.  My friends lived there about 50 yrs ago when they were expecting their first child. Spring Farm. 

There are a few mixed feelings!  I don't usually get too attached to my paintings, but this one was special.  
It was the first one to get accepted into a major juried show.  It has been in a bunch of group shows.
I've had a friend and a friend of a friend want to purchase it, but didn't. I held firm on the price. 

I had it priced so it wouldn't sell quickly. It's hung in my living room since I painted it and of the 100s of paintings I've done, this was my favorite. It was made into greeting cards. I'll have to dig out another painting for the blank spot on my wall. 

So, now it will relocate to California! Don't get me wrong, I'm thrilled when I sell a painting, especially to someone I don't know.  Friends and relatives are always gracious and kind and liberal with praise, but a sale to a stranger is an unbiased pat on the back. Thank you, thank you! 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Wedding Barn

The Wedding Barn
5 x 7
oil on board

I'm off to an art show at the Woodstock Farmers' Market this afternoon and I'm taking this little painting.  It was one of three paintings I did the weekend of my painting workshop at the WSA.

It shows an old, long barn on a hill at the David and Claudia Waruch farm in Kerhonkson.  We've painted there several times before and it's always a favorite.  In September, the fields were already changing colors and I did this one in shades of yellow. Yellow ochre, naples yellow deep and burnt sienna.  

It's called the Wedding Barn, because the Waruchs' daughter had her reception there!  I would love to see those photos.

Here's another I painted of the same barn, totally different palette. This one is cool while the other is warm.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Thorn Preserve, Woodstock NY

"Thorn Preserve"
8 x 10

Another great workshop with Kate from the Woodstock School of Art.  Today was day one. I managed to complete this landscape enduring high humidity and a lot of sunshine.  I think it was 86 degrees out!
We went on location to the Thorn Preserve in Woodstock. 
 The Thorn Preserve is a recent addition to the protected lands managed by the Catskill Center.  Will never be developed.  Beautiful views of Overlook Mt. 

We thought it would rain and came prepared to move into the studio at the school, but we didn't get a drop. Truth is, we could use a good rain.
But not tomorrow!  Day two will be at the Waruch farm where I painting last summer and this past July.  A favorite location of mine, it includes acres of fields and old barns and outbuildings.  
The best part of all is the host, Claudia.  She is the most gracious woman I've ever met.  She puts out a spread for us in the morning, including a fire in the big stone outdoor fireplace.  
I'll post what I paint there if I like it! 

At this workshop, two of my friends are joining me. Carol and Lois. Maybe I can get a photo of their paintings to share with you. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tonalist painting meadow

Oil on panel

So, this is a little different for me.  I admire the tonalists, particularly George Inness, who painted in the Hudson Valley and Birge Harrison who painted in Woodstock at the turn of the last century. He taught at the Art Students' League of NY at the summer school here. 
Please don't think I am comparing what I do with what they did!

Speaking of students, this is my month of classes.  Tuesdays and Wednesdays with Loman Eng and Thursdays at the Woodstock School of art with one of my fav people in the whole world, Kate McGloughlin. I took her plein air class last year and loved it so much that I looked forward to this year's class like a kid waiting for Christmas.  
Last week's first session was located at Val-kill, Eleanor Roosevelt's cottage in Hyde Park, NY. 

I will post the painting I did that day as soon as it dries.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Yellow Kayak in Bradenton FL

The Kayaker
8" x 10"
oil on board
Our friend, John, spent the winter in Bradenton, Florida.  He went kayaking with friends, Sandra and Joe (from Windsor, Ontario) and they snapped a photo of him.  You could tell that he was really enjoying the day and the new sport!  I thought the bright yellow kayak was striking against the dark water.  The Florida sun can blind you from the glare!  Maybe not an exact likeness of John, but enough to show the serenity he found. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Along the Dugway

Before NYC built the reservoir in our town, there was an old road that followed the Esopus Creek. 
It was called The Dugway.  I can remember my grandfather saying that the banks along the creek would wash out at times and dirt and rocks would cover the road.  Can't imagine riding over this with a horse and buggy and all that mud. 
There was another road called the Upper Road, which today is pretty much Rt. 28.  It was a plank road at one time, paved with hemlock boards sawn from the many hemlock trees that were cut for their bark.
I have some old postcards of these roads and was inspired to paint the Dugway from Shokan looking out at the mountains near Boiceville.  If you were to stand somewhere near Steve Heller's Fabulous Furniture, you would see this view.  Today the property is partly under water and partly covered in trees. One can hardly see the mountains! 
This little painting measures  6"x 8"  and is on a stretched canvas. It has a saw tooth hanger attached and could be displayed without a frame.

The Dugway
oil on canvas
6" x 8"


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Gearing up

I've been away for a few weeks and thought I'd have plenty of time to paint. Never got the pochade out once!  I could kick myself.  I sometimes have a hard time focusing on it when I have so much going on around me.  Today, I bought a new brush specifically for signing my name!  I like my signature to be unobtrusive and you need a fine brush for that.  I also picked up a pack of 8 x 10 canvas boards.  That's a good size for painting en plein aire.  So, now that our weather is beginning to turn the corner, maybe I can get inspired and create some spring time paintings!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Grace painted this painting of my doggie, Ginger.  It was my Christmas gift!  She hadn't finished the facial features until today.  I love the purple background. I also love that tiny front foot with the fluffy hair in the leg. For those of you that don't know Ginger, she's an apricot toy poodle. The meanest dog I have ever known. I love her dearly! I think it turned out great! 
14 x 11
Acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Bishop Falls

I've been spending a lot of time on these frigid days looking through my collection of vintage Olive postcards.  I get lost in time with a magnifying glass trying to identify things I see and try to picture what it was like living in West Shokan over 100 years ago.  The only evidence we have are these old postcards.  Thinking about what Elwyn Davis wrote in his diaries and the stories my grandfather told my uncle Bud is like being a detective.  I want to know where the various roads were located, where the bridges crossed the Esopus, where did the buildings sit. 
I read from my local history books looking for more clues.  I find it fascinating!  This is not new stuff to me.  I've heard about and seen with my own eyes the remnants of those lost hamlets under the Ashokan Reservoir. Yet, I become more and more obsessed with it and I don't know why! 
Here's a set of four "postals" as they called them showing the famous Bishop Falls.  Most of us know that it sat exactly where the main dam is today. 

I am currently trying to paint this scene.  I also have another in the works showing the old Dugway road. I have no idea if my paintings will bring these places back to life, but that's what I'm attempting to do!

Sunday, January 5, 2014


I love e-readers!  I've had a Kindle for a  couple of years and the adjustment period took me all of 10 minutes. In no time I forgot that I wasn't holding a paperback.   I love that I can use either my ipad or Kindle and they sync because of the Kindle app I have on the ipad! 

Last week I renewed one of my favorite magazines and they offered an e-version.  I'm always looking to reduce the amount of paper we use, so I subscribed to the paperless version of The Artist's Magazine.
I have a regular Kindle, not the Kindle Fire, so the magazine had to be delivered to my ipad. I can't get over how it's just like having the paper magazine in my hands.  It includes all the ads and everything. For me, this is the perfect marriage of my two loves:  art and technology!

My sister has recently sent me mobi files of the diaries of Elwyn Davis, West Shokan.   I'm able to open them on my Kindle.  Imagine that, a diary written in 1906 by a young man born in 1890 and I'm reading it on my Kindle.  There's something mystical about it. He writes about his daily chores and the weather.  He talks of visiting Shokan in the evening when all it involved was walking across a bridge and not the reservoir which didn't yet exist.  There were no cars or town highway dept., so he would help plow the road in front of his parents' farm with horses or by shoveling. He cut ice in the winter and made syrup in the spring. He plowed fields with the horses in the summer and made cider in the fall. He had no idea then that we would be reading, on an electronic gizmo, his entries so carefully written with pen and ink in his well practiced script.
 He kept a diary from 1906 when he was 16 until he died in 1976. My mom has taken years to transcribe them on her computer and donate the typed diaries back to the Olive Library so anyone interested in our local history can read them. Elwyn's cousin was Don Bishop who helped make the library what it is today.

 Now those typed versions have been turned into files to be downloaded onto e-readers by my sister.
 She was going to offer them on Amazon for a buck a piece, but she found out they are not yet in the public domain and can't be distributed that way.
It sure makes me wonder if anyone out there will ever read my blog 100 years from now.  How much farther will technology progress in that time? I've read that the internet is in it's infancy right now. I've been on it for 20 years. Back then we called it the world wide web and I used Prodigy!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Red Barn

Red Barn
12 x 16
Oil on canvas

This is the second time I've painted this farm scene.  The first one focused on the fields, while
this one is more of a close up of the barn. There's something about this place that always brings a smile to my face!  I think I will paint it again.  Maybe this time from the top of the bend in the road looking down at the back of the barn.  It's a nice view.  Shows the Catskills in the distance.  Stay tuned....

Friday, November 15, 2013

Hudson Valley Landscapes

Another great art show coming up!  This one is in Olivebridge at the Ashokan Center.  It used to be called the Ashokan Field Campus when it was owned by SUNY. 
(As a side note, my mother's grandmother was born there. I guess that makes her my great-grandmother, LOL!  Her name was Adelia Winchell. I did a painting of her a bunch of years ago. It's rather amateur, but my mom likes it!)

I was asked to help organize the refreshments with another woman from Kate's class.  She also lives in West Shokan and is an easy partner to have! We're totally unsure how many will attend this first ever show, but I'm getting vibes that it might have a good turnout.

Friday, October 18, 2013

New Art Show

Today I went to the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge and dropped off two paintings that will be part of a group show.  The group is a plein air landscape painting group led by Kate McGloughlin through the Woodstock School of Art. 
The paintings had to reflect local sites and many included farms and barns.  I chose the 1817 stone school house at Ashokan Center and Mountain Rest, my favorite farm scene.  There were some amazing paintings already there when I arrived.

 They'll hang until January, I believe.
The reception will be November 24th from 3-5pm.  I'm looking forward to it!

Monday, September 16, 2013

bluebird on post

I forgot to add that my painting of the Bluebird On Post that I entered in the painting division of the Dutchess Co. Fair won best in show in the fine arts category.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Plein air class

Last Thursday, our little class from the Woodstock School of Art met at a beautiful farm in Kerhonkson and painted outside all day.  Afterwards, we propped the paintings up inside an old run in shed and stood back while we had show and tell!  I love this class, from the instructor, the ladies and our locations.  My two paintings are the small ones in the upper left corner.

Monday, July 1, 2013

South Hollow Footbridge

Another painting I did of a local stream, the South Hollow Brook, recently sold.  My husband built this little footbridge after hurricane Irene for a neighbor. I tried to paint it in a stylized sort of way. He also hired my husband to restore the banks of the Bushkill creek in front of his house and I helped plant young willow trees that will help hold the bank in place as the roots grow.
 I'm so glad the property owner liked it enough to buy it. It was Mike Ratner, recently deceased. A very fine man.

Brought two, came home with one

I took two paintings to the Cornell Cooperative Extension office in May for an art show to celebrate their centennial.  The theme was people, places and things of Ulster County.  I didn't have much time to paint anything especially for it, so I took "The Bluebird" and "Mohonk Cliff". 
Wasn't I happy today when I went to retrieve them that "Mohonk Cliff" sold! The buyer wanted to be anonymous, so I can't thank them in person.  If you ever read my blog, dear buyer, thank you!



Monday, June 10, 2013

Cape May Oranges

 Cape May Oranges
9" x 12"
Oil on Canvas
On a visit to Cape May NJ in 2010, I was very taken with the contrast of the lovely sand beach and the row of Victorian homes along the street.
It was September and I didn't get my feet wet, but there were others swimming and I snapped a photo of a couple heading for the water. They had set up their belongings under bright orange umbrellas which contrasted in such a delightful way with the color of the sky.
Sold unframed, but is super easy to frame due to the common size. You could also hang it as is because the canvas has gallery wrapped edges, so there are no ugly staples showing. I've included a hanger on the back.

EAC reception

As it turned out, I did go to the reception in Easton, CT for the show. It was very nice.  I met some extremely nice, extremely talented people. I wish that community were closer and I would join the arts council.  Easton is very near Newtown.  When we drove through Newtown, I couldn't help but think about the tragedy in December.  If something like that could happen in a place like Newtown, CT, it could happen anywhere. 

We stayed overnight at the Ethan Allen hotel in Danbury, because it was Memorial weekend and neither of us felt like driving home after the reception.  On June 15th, we will take the trip for the 3rd time and retrieve the painting.  Since that's our 39th anniversary, I'm hoping to get a nice dinner out of it!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Easton Arts Council

I'm so excited! This morning I checked my emails and found out that the painting I did
called "Mountain Rest", above, has been selected for inclusion in a juried art show sponsored by the Easton Arts Council in Easton CT!

I'm thrilled to be included.  However, I'm not sure why I didn't google the directions to Easton before I submitted the piece.  It's a 2.5 hr ride for me!  I have to bring the painting there this Saturday and there's a reception on May 25th and I have to pick it up if it doesn't sell on June 15th.  (my 39th wedding anniversary and the opening day of bass season, so my DH will be fishing and not going on a joy ride celebrating the anniversary in Easton that day!   Oh well, I think I can handle it!) 

I may have to skip the reception, because that's Memorial Day weekend and I don't relish the idea of traveling on holiday weekends.  Not when I can stay home and listen to the peepers or maybe the 17 yr. cicadas if they've come out of the ground by then! LOL!