Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Swimming Hole

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

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.