Sunday, December 15, 2013

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.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Woodstock School of Art Student Exhibition

I'm pleased to be included in a new show opening at the Woodstock School of Art on Saturday, Nov. 9th.  There will be a reception from 3-5pm. 

It's an exhibit of students' work completed this year.  I painted on location with Kate McGloughlin on 4 different dates and I chose the one from the Waruch farm on Cherrytown Rd. in Kerhonkson.

It was a fabulous summer day.  Claudia & Dave Waruch allowed us to paint in their fields.  My spot was on a hill looking across the huge hay fields at some old unused buildings. 

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!



Thursday, June 20, 2013

Old Lure and Books

Oil on board
16 x 20

For this painting, I used some items with sentimental attachment.  The silver compote was a gift for our wedding, 39 yrs ago.  It was already an antique at that time. I didn't know the givers, they were friends of my in-laws.  I just remember her name was Maria!
The books belonged to my father in law.  One is titled "Trout" by Bergman and the other is also a fishing book, but I don't recall the name. It's on our shelves. 
The old fishing lure is part of my collection and I don't remember where I got it.  I keep them under a glass topped coffee table.
I love the smooth surface of this painting.  It was done on a piece of gessoed Masonite.

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!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Echo Notch

Echo Notch
11" x 14"
Oil on canvas
So many times I've passed by these two barns on my way through West Kill NY on Beech Ridge Rd.  I've admired them and the notch beyond during every season.  I've taken many photos.  Finally a month ago, I put my own interpretation on the photos and came up with this overcast version of this bucolic scene.
The notch reminds me of our own Wagon Wheel Notch in Samsonville.  In this case, it's called Echo Notch.  It's currently framed in a gold plein air frame. 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

There's a bluebird in my heart

8" x 10"
Oil on panel
"there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say, stay in there, I'm not going
to let anybody see
there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I pour whiskey on him and inhale
cigarette smoke
and the whores and the bartenders
and the grocery clerks
never know that
in there.

there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too tough for him,
I say,
stay down, do you want to mess
me up?
you want to screw up the
you want to blow my book sales in
there's a bluebird in my heart that
wants to get out
but I'm too clever, I only let him out
at night sometimes
when everybody's asleep.
I say, I know that you're there,
so don't be
then I put him back,
but he's singing a little
in there, I haven't quite let him
and we sleep together like
with our
secret pact
and it's nice enough to
make a man
weep, but I don't
weep, do
by Charles Bukowski
This blue boy was on my garden fence post last year. Usually, I don't get good photos of birds. They fly away before I can get the camera focused.  I decided to paint him like he posed for a portrait. It was a fun painting to do.  I love birds.
* currently on display at Ulster County Co-operative Ext. office in Kingston. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Woodchuck Lodge

"I go to Nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more."
 - John Burroughs, American nauturalist.
Woodchuck Lodge
11" x 14"
oil on panel
I love John Burroughs.  I even love the way he looked when he was an old man.  His boyhood home sits on Burroughs Memorial Rd in Roxbury.  It's needing restoration and Woodchuck Lodge, Inc, a non-profit group is doing just that. But they need help.  There's so much to do! 
I finished this house portrait a few months ago and it is going to be shown at the Catskill Watershed Corp. office in Margaretville.  It's part of a group show.  The group's members are the ladies I paint with every Monday morning.  We're hoping to get this show hung up this Thursday, weather permitting.  Here's a link to their site for a lot of good information.
After the show is over, this painting will be offered for sale by  Woodchuck Lodge Inc. for a fundraising event.  Diane Galusha would be the person to contact through their website.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Buttermilk Falls in The Peekamoose

Buttermilk Falls in The Peekamoose
14" x 18"
oil on canvas panel
Early December we took a ride over the mountain, through "the gulf", passed by these beautiful falls.  I've seen them all my life, yet this time they were spectacular!  In the summer there's often not much water cascading over them.  Many times you see people in and about the falling water. 
This is just part of the charm of Peekamoose.  I love this raw and mysterious mountain.  Lots of people are afraid to travel over it in the winter. There are no guard rails and the road is just at the edge of the cliff.  Many days I see the sander trucks going up there to sand the roads when there's no ice at all down here.  Still, we go over the mountain all year round!
The gulf is the area where there are no homes, no other roads, no lights, no sunshine, and very few cars coming the other way.  Just the way I like it.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Blackeyed Susans & Pitcher Still Life

Blackeyed Susans and Pitcher
14" x 18"
Oil on canvas

My latest still life of blackeyed susans or rudbeckia. It's dry enough to have a temporary varnish applied.  I love doing these.  The challenge of getting the object on the canvas in as realistic way as I know how.  I love lost edges and changing colors from cool to warm in order to show depth. I swapped out several items until I settled on the pitcher, the flowers an orange and the little wooden box. No symbolism here for me.  I just liked the arrangement and the pitcher was a gift from my brother, Mike, and his wife, Mary Lou many years ago.  It says Williamsburg VA on the bottom.  

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Mountain Rest

Mountain Rest
11 x 14
Whenever we go to Lake Mohonk Mt. House, we always go through High Falls and take Mountain Rest Road up to the top.(Also known as Mohonk Rd) Near a sharp turn in the road is the most gorgeous old barn and smaller structures.  Our friends lived there for a brief time back in the 60's.  Those are the Shawangunk Mountains in the distance.  Here is my version of that old farm painted from a photo shot at the edge of the road by my friend, Marylin.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Lois' artwork

My dear friend, Lois Ostapczuk, is standing in front of a couple pieces of her artwork that is currently on display at the Catskill Watershed Corp. office in Margaretville.  The fish displayed is the one from this year's Leaping Trout project which was auctioned off in December.  Lois does beautiful woodland landscapes featuring local streams.
Our painting group, which consists of about 13 women from Olive, took a field trip up to the office to see Lois' paintings.  Afterwards, we had a fun lunch at The Sportsman's Alamo Cantina in Phoenicia, NY, owned by my former classmate from high school, Mike Ricciardella. Excellent food!