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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