Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Clearing, View From Olana Plein Air Painting

Clearing, View From Olana Plein Air Painting, painting by Jan Blencowe

copyright 2009, Jan Blencowe, Connecticut, USA

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About This Painting:

Media: acrylic on archival board, sealed and varnished, unframed

Size: 10 in X 8 in (25.4 cm X 20.3 cm)

Style: plein air impressionism

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Painted on location in the Catskill Mountains at Hudson River School artist Federic Edwin Church's famous Persian Style mansion, Olana. This amazing home was designed by Church, including all the decorations, and colors. Church considered it his greatest achievement, even over his monumental paintings. He was inspired to create the mansion in this style after a trip to northern Africa and the Holy Land.

The house tour was fascinating as was the exhibit in the upstairs best guest bedroom where Mark Twain often stayed. The show Glories of the Hudson included many small plein air studies by Church and gave an intimate and revealing look into his initial impressions of a scene. It was interesting to study them and see what caught his eye and where his main concerns in a scene focused.

Here's a pen and watercolor sketch I did of a corner of the amazing architecture of Olana.

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Gretchen Kelly said...

Love it!

Chris said...

What beautiful work! The setting had to be so inspiring.

Gwen Bell said...

Gorgeous! You really captured the feeling of vastness in this. It must have been quite an experience to work on this in Plein Air!