Sunday, July 19, 2009

A Visit to Thomas Cole's House plein air sketch

Sketch of Thomas Cole Historic House Site, painting by Jan Blencowe
copyright 2009 Jan Blencowe, Connecticut, USA

Here's the full sketchbook page:

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

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:

After a while it got sunny and I sketched the garden:

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!

1 comment:

Laurie Pace said...

Had to come peek at your weekend work. Jamie shared the upcoming trip and I was envious. BEAUTIFUL work and I know you had fun.