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
SOLD

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.