Thursday, October 15, 2015

Oriole 9, Woodstock NY

8 x 10
oil on panel

Part of my plein air outings have included village scenes in Woodstock.  As the leaves are turning and the air is cooling off, we find really enjoyable moments painting outside.
Last week, it was just my instructor and myself on the Village Green.  When you get there early, like 9AM, you pretty much have this triangle in the middle of the village to yourself.  As it gets closer to 11AM and the shops open, the characters begin to gather!  

I was good until about noon, when a bunch of people  with backpacks and dogs that were growling at each other arrived.  I quickly packed up and called it a day!  
I had gotten close to finishing anyway, except for a few suggestions from Keith in my mind. I decided to finish it up at home. 
I will post his painting as well, you'll see what an amazing painter he is!  

Mine is called Oriole 9.  That's the name of the restaurant with the orange doors located on Tinker St.  The name comes from the old telephone exchange letters that ended sometime in the late 60s, early 70s, I think.  Woodstock was "oriole 9" which is the full name of the exchange that began OL9-xxxx.  Today, the letters are gone and their telephone numbers begin with 679.
In Olive, we were "Oliver 7", or OL7-xxxx. Today we are 657. I think Phoenicia was "Overland 8".  Kingston had a couple, one was "Federal 8".  If we called within our exchange, we didn't dial the first three numbers. Phoenicia and Woodstock were long distance for us to call, so we didn't spend much time on the phone with our friends.  
Boy, has time changed and I'm dating myself :).

Yes, this is Keith's painting. Awesome, isn't it?  I probably should know better than to post it on the same page as mine, LOL!  

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!