Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Lisa's Cow

Grazing on West Shokan Heights
11 x 14
oil on panel

Started as a plein air painting and recently finished in my studio, this is a simple painting of Lisa's Cow!
 
Lisa is my cousin, well, second cousin once removed to be exact. 

She keeps her cows and chickens on a lovely old farm that has been in our "Eckert" family for many, many generations.  Located on the corner of West Shokan Heights Rd. and High Point Mountain Rd, West Shokan,  it's a place that always makes me feel peaceful.  My grandfather's Uncle Andrew built the house. He and his brother, my grandfather, Russell Eckert, were Civil War veterans.  Russell's house is across High Point Road.  

I love that she has animals grazing here again. Her barn is on the upper road and I had to include it as it sort of peeked out from the big tree line of evergreens.  Her two cows didn't pay me much mind as I stood out there on the side of the road for a couple hours in the hot summer sun last year.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Swimming Hole


8x10
Oil on Board

My dear friends own a home (built by the husband, an amazing craftsman) on the Bushkill Creek. It is home to the most incredible swimming hole.  In the late fall, the trout come up to spawn and lay in these deep, ice cold waters.  You can hardly get in this water until August. The rocks are a perfect place to sit and contemplate.  My mom used to swim here when she was a kid. It's a million dollar place to cool off, in my opinion!  

To celebrate their 44th anniversary, I painted this little "vignette". Colors aren't quite true in this photo, but close. 

Roeliff Jansen Kill


8x10
oil on board
currently at the Olive Free Library, West Shokan, NY.

The Roeliff Jansen Kill is a major tributary to the Hudson River.  It was the traditional boundary between the Native American Mahican tribe and the Wappinger tribe.


I'd never seen this gorgeous creek before, but my husband had.  One day, we took a drive to Red Hook, in Dutchess County, and I took a bunch of photos from the roadside.  I decided on this composition which didn't require much editing. I can't wait to go there again, maybe for plein air.