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.  http://woodchucklodge.org/
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.