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. 


  1. Hi Janette! I LOVE your work and the history lessons! So interesting! Im glad I found your blog! You are so talented!


    1. Thank you, Cathie! What a nice surprise to read your comment. Hey, I'm just getting started! I know painting is something that you work at forever, always wanting to get better and better. I sure enjoyed the talks and time spent with your mom painting. She was SO good and taught me a few things!