copyright 2009 Jan Blencowe, Connecticut, USA
About This Painting: I have just returned from a painting trip in the Catskill Mountains with my friend and fellow daily painter Jamie Williams Grossman. You can visit her blog at http://www.hudsonvalleypainter.com/
This is the Thomas Cole National Historic site, Cedar Grove in Catskill, NY just west of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge. Thomas Cole is considered the founder of the Hudson River School the first truly American art style. I visited his home with 2 other artists from Daily Painters & we all sketched his front door. Look for Gretchen Kelly's sketch on the Daily Painter's site, here.
When we arrived it was raining so I sat under some pine trees and sketched the back of the house first:
We took a tour of the house which included a special exhibition of paintings River Views of the Hudson River School, which was quite good. My favorite pieces were Sanford Gifford's painting Marshes on the Hudson and Ernest Lotichius Falls of the Kaaterskills. In the visitors center I picked up a small book, Thomas Cole's Creative Process, which I am looking forward to reading along with a book of Thomas Cole's poetry.
I have much more to share from my trip, a number of sketchbook pages and five plein air painitngs. Stay tuned!