Sunday, August 01, 2010

Painting the Connecticut River

Connecticut River with Boats, plein air field study, 6x12, Jan Blencowe, Copyright 2010

Here's my plein air set up, over looking the Connecticut River from Gillette Castle. First time out with my new French Resistance Pochade box from Guerrilla Painter. I really like their new design. It's lighter than my 9x12 Guerrilla Box, but still has storage. It also accommodates a wider range of panel and canvas sizes thanks to it's adjustable metal mast which has a top clip that's two sided one side for thin panels and one for 3/4 in. stretched canvas. I also like the wire cradle that the panel or canvas sits in because it is easily moved up and down, you can see the rows of  holes on the box so you can position your panel or canvas just right. Another nice feature is that  your panel or canvas is not tucked into the lid making it much easier to paint with large free strokes. Finally, I like the fact that the clip at the top and the cradle below don't keep you from painting there, the old style pochade boxes always left you with four white spots around the edge of your painting where the clips were!

Gillette Castle

Atop the most southerly hill in a chain known as the Seven Sisters, William Hooker Gillette, noted actor,(He is most famous for his portrayal of "Sherlock Holmes".) director, and playwright, built this one hundred and eighty-four acre estate, the Seventh Sister. The focal point of his effort was a twenty four room mansion reminiscent of a medieval castle.

Though I been to the park a number of times to paint I've never taken the house tour! It's on my "to do" list!

1 comment:

AutumnLeaves said...

Gorgeous stone work in that last photo. I have to look up Gillette now; I thought Sherlock Holmes was played by Basil Rathbone! I always thought whoever it was was quite handsome though. (I guess I've always been attracted to the intelligent types! LOLOL) The painting is just beautiful, Jan. The boats look so small, which gives a good idea of how big this river is in reality.