Phew! Three weeks of painting and connecting with other painters in New Hampshire with the Hudson River Fellows. Here is the fruit of my labor. These paintings are in completely random order. You can click on any image to see it more clearly.
We painted everyday and the bugs were ferocious. Early on I figured out that I could absolutely not paint in the sun, even with an umbrella, because if you are painting outside most of the day, you must be moderately comfortable or else it is just not possible to continue.
We were in the very beautiful, lush and green area of Jackson, New Hampshire, in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains. I also got to visit the Portland Museum of Art in Maine as well as the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum plus the Boston Public Library which has some really wonderful murals.
Anyway, I’ve been home a week and am still processing everything. I got off the plane and hit the ground running and have been spending my time catching up with family. Three weeks is a really long time to be away from home.
I’m sure glad I did it though! It was invaluable to be exposed to a different group of accomplished and hard working painters. They tended to be from the Grand Central Atelier and heavily influenced by the Hudson River Painters of the past. It may be obvious if you have seen my work that I don’t really focus on detail much, and while I may not change my ways, I could feel myself being stretched and influenced by the group, and that was truly valuable. Plus I discovered some really nice Hudson River paintings. There was an Asher B. Durand book floating around and we saw some of his paintings in the museum and they are really wonderful. I’m still a Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins and Edward Hopper girl at heart, but there’s room for some of these others too. And we shall see what kind of affect this has as time wears on.