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    If you haven't seen the two-DVD set, "The Impressionists", you don't know what you're missing!

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    I rented it from Netflix and absolutely loved it. It is an enactment of the lives of Monet, Renoir, Manet, Cezanne, Degas, and other Impressionist painters living at that time around Paris. Fascinating and eye-opening!





Windy Little Cove

Posted by Jamie on October 28th, 2014

18×24, Acrylic on archival linen panel
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This is one of those kinds of fall scenes I love to paint — with color, transparency, and reflections. It’s the type of subject that seems to draw me no matter where I am, but this time I happened to be at North South Lake. The early morning light showcased the transparency in the water in the foreground, but quickly gave way to sky reflections and windy turbulence. I went back a few times to finish the painting. It’s one of my favorites of the year!

Below is an image you can click on for a larger view of the painting:

Autumn at Little Stony Point

Posted by Jamie on October 27th, 2014

6×8″, oil on canvas panel
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The late afternoon light along the Hudson River is so engrossing. I was drawn to the glow of these leaves against the dark background of Crow’s Nest Mountain. The lower the sun got over the western sky, the darker the hillside became. The sun lit up the translucent leaves from behind. I was so captivated by the changes in contrast that I forgot to watch out for the rising tide! I’d positioned my chair close to the water line, and before I knew it, the chair legs were in the water and waves were washing over my sandals! I ended up having to move my chair three times before I finished the painting.

Breakneck Ridge and Bannerman Island from Little Stony Point

Posted by Jamie on October 26th, 2014

5×7″, oil on linen panel
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This was painted overlooking the Hudson River from the clifftops of Little Stony Point in Cold Spring, NY. It was cold and windy that day. I bundled up and held onto my painting box for dear life. The last time I painted up here, my easel blew over and broke. Painting from up here can be an expensive undertaking!

Touches of Autumn at Kaaterskill Falls

Posted by Jamie on October 15th, 2014

12×6″, oil on canvas board
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This was possibly my last fall hike up to the base of Kaaterskill Falls, one of the Hudson River School painters’ locations that I love the most. It was a cold day, and I was the last of my painting group to leave the spot. One of the park rangers was up there with me, with occasional hikers coming along to view the magnificent waterfall. I was glad to see they finally had a ranger there to try and dissuade hikers from venturing up the sides of the falls, where two have already died this year.

I’ve done so many paintings up here, but I think this was the first time I did a 2:1 ratio at this spot. I really like the way it works with these proportions. I think this layout gives a truer impression of how tall the falls are.

Autumn in the Mountains

Posted by Jamie on October 8th, 2014

9×12″, oil on archival canvas panel
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This time of year, one of my favorite painting adventures involves taking the ski lift up Hunter Mountain with all of my painting equipment, and painting the magnificently colored Catskills from the top. The ski trails create openings in the tree line, revealing mountains and valleys beyond, with paths winding down the mountain. What struck me for this particular painting was the way the brilliant orange-yellow foliage on the near hillside lit up against the dark, backlit mountain beyond. Below is an image you can click on for a larger view of the painting:

Autumn at the Beach

Posted by Jamie on October 7th, 2014

6×8″, oil on archival canvas panel
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I arrived early in the morning at the North South Lake beach to paint with some friends and it was cold and windy. Fall was well underway already. I decided to search for a place from which I could paint in the comfort of my car until the temps warmed up a bit. I found this superb location near the beach, and started the painting in the car, with my little dog BB curled up in the passenger seat. Love the colors! I think I need to also do a larger version of this one.

North South Lake is another of the sites along the Hudson River School Art Trail, where Thomas Cole and his fellow painters spent much of their time painting and sketching on location. I think you can see why!

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Fall Beginnings at Sunset Rock

Posted by Jamie on October 6th, 2014

5×7″, oil on linen panel
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This was painted at the Hudson River School site known as Sunset Rock. It is a site on the “Hudson River School Art Trail” and one of my favorite hiking destinations. Every visit here is different. The vista changes with the seasons, clouds, winds and temperatures. I never get tired of painting at this magical location, and neither did the Hudson River School painters!

Trees and Rocks Along the Hudson

Posted by Jamie on October 5th, 2014

6×12″, oil on archival canvas panel
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This is a morning scene from the beach at Little Stony Point, in Cold Spring NY, where the Hudson River wraps around the peninsula, creating magnificent views to Breakneck Ridge (shown here) and Storm King. I’ve been spending some exquisite, warm fall days here, painting away to my heart’s content.

Since this is such a long horizontal format, it’s hard to see it in this small space on my blog. I love painting these panoramic vistas. They look magnificent on walls, though not so great on computer screens due to the way they format on websites. Below is an image you can click on to get a larger view of the painting:

I have at least three more paintings to post from Little Stony Point, all finished within the past few weeks, but it will be several days before they are all photographed and posted. I apologize for the delay to those folks I met on the beach who are eager to see them! I’ll try to get them up here on the site within the next week.

Driftwood on the Beach

Posted by Jamie on October 4th, 2014

5×7″, oil on linen panel
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This driftwood tree trunk has been lying on the beach for ages at Little Stony Point, along the shores of the Hudson River in Cold Spring. I was looking for a challenge one afternoon, and took this on to explore the values, subtle color shifts, and twists and turns of the form. The longer I worked on it, the more I enjoyed the puzzle, as the pieces wove together to create what I saw before me. As the sun traveled westward, the driftwood got darker, and the water brighter. It was one of those stellar fall days that we never have enough of!

Here’s a photo of the scene with my painting, as I was painting it. You can click on it to get a larger image.

I’ve been painting at Little Stony Point quite a bit lately. I have four or five more paintings to post from this spot. The other ones feature the Hudson River, northern beach at Little Stony Point, and surrounding mountains — Storm King and Breakneck Ridge in particular. I still need to photograph those paintings, but I’ll be posting them in the coming days as I get a chance to adjust the images. Stay tuned!

Below is an image you can click for a slightly larger view of the painting:

Hudson River Sunset from Dennings Point

Posted by Jamie on October 1st, 2014

7×11″, acrylic on watercolor paper
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I love the Hudson River views from Dennings Point in Beacon. There are great downriver views of Storm King Mountain and Bannerman Island, usually with lots of atmosphere. I’ve only been to this spot a couple of times, but I enjoy using the photos I’ve taken there to create drama and atmospheric conditions that I’ve witnessed elsewhere on the Hudson River. It’s an interesting challenge to create something new. I’m working on some ideas for a larger painting, and this is one of them.

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Church’s Tree for Cole House Benefit

Posted by Jamie on September 24th, 2014

7×5″, oil on linen
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This sweet old tree overlooks the Hudson River at Olana, home of Hudson River School artist Frederic Church. I did two little paintings of this tree on site, in different formats, in order to decide how I’d like to compose a large version.

This one will be for sale at the Thomas Cole Historic Site on Sunday, September 28, from 1-4pm, as a benefit for the site. I am one of the many artists participating in the “Postcards From the Trail” event. All of the paintings for this show are 5×7″ to 8×10″ in size, and will be for sale for just $100, for a three hour period only. Each painting depicts one of the sites where the Hudson River School painters did some of their most famous works. Some of the Hudson Valley’s finest artists submit work for this show, so it’s a great opportunity to pick up original artwork at a fraction of the normal selling price.

Tugboat by the Hudson

Posted by Jamie on September 23rd, 2014

5×7″, oil on board
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When my friend Marianne suggested we paint in Kingston, I was thrilled. I hadn’t been there for a long time. The Kingston waterfront area, where the Rondout Creek meets up with the Hudson River, is always a bustling place — filled with restaurants, the Maritime Museum, Trolly Museum, and boats coming in and out of the harbor.

We scouted up and down the brick-lined walkway with subject matter all around us, but when we came upon this tugboat, I knew I’d found my spot for the morning! Most of the tugs I see along the Hudson are brightly colored, or white with colorful trim. There was something about the earthy tones of this one, and the way the buckskin color glowed in the morning light, that stole my attention. I’d never seen one quite like it. I wonder if it’s still down there; I’d like to go back and do a larger version!

Below is an image you can click on for a larger, clearer view of the painting:

Sailing Through Hudson Highlands

Posted by Jamie on September 22nd, 2014

5×7″, oil on linen panel
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This is one of my favorite river vistas — the Hudson River looking south from Plum Point to the Hudson Highlands. In addition to the towering Storm King Mountain, there is always interesting river boat traffic and that famous Hudson River atmosphere.

Below is an image you can click on for a larger view of the painting. It’s a little brighter than what is showing in my images.

Morning at Pratt Rock

Posted by Jamie on September 20th, 2014

12×16″, acrylic on board
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Pratt Rock has a gorgeous view that overlooks a valley in the Catskills, with Schoharie Creek running through the farmlands between the mountains. I climbed up with all my painting gear, and set up on one of the rock ledges above the cliffs, facing east. I’ve been wanting to get back her to paint for a long time. It was such a thrill!

I started out working with just monochrome values in acrylic:

Later, I added transparent glazes of color to arrive at the finished painting. I compensated for all the blue-greens in the scene by pushing some yellows and reds for more varied color. You can click the image below for a larger view of the painting:

Morning Light at Catskill Creek

Posted by Jamie on September 17th, 2014

12×16″, acrylic on linen panel
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This spot along Catskill Creek is one of the locations frequented by Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole and others. I was drawn to the brilliant morning light flashing off the enormous rock formation along the creek, creating strong contrasts with the dark greens alongside it, and the warm colors in the water. I used a combination of different types of acrylics for this painting, starting with the new Golden High Flow paints and transparent drips and splatters, and gradually moving to heavier bodied, opaque paints to solidify the forms and bring the work to completion. This is one of my favorite ways to work. I love the complexity it yields, with so many different techniques working together in harmony, yet maintaining a looseness and some abstract qualities.

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Bash Bish Falls

Posted by Jamie on September 16th, 2014

7×5″, oil on board
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Bash Bish Falls is one of those spots that’s been on my Must See list for several years. Nestled just over the state border in Massachusetts, the waterfall is in a park that straddles the state line. My husband and I went hiking there, entering from the New York side, and hiking up along the cascading stream, with its gorgeous green pools. When we arrived at the main attraction here, I found a perfect rock to sit on and do an oil sketch of the scene, while my husband tested his photography skills with different angles of the falls. It’s a great waterfall to visit, and the pool at the base is a beautiful teal color that shows in the painting, but refused to present itself in the photo of the painting! It’s a challenging scene to paint because the waterfall is only visible at the very bottom of this high, steep hillside. You can show some of the mountaintop and sky for depth, but that makes the waterfall appear tiny! Or you can paint just the visible part of the waterfall, which makes the scene lack depth. I tried to compromise by intentionally shrinking the height of the mountain in order to show a bit of the sky on top!

Olana Vista

Posted by Jamie on September 15th, 2014

5×7″, oil on linen panel

This is a spot at the Olana estate of Frederic Church, Hudson River School painter. I’ve painted from this location many times, at all times of day and evening, and it never ceases to thrill me. I think Frederic Church felt that way about it too, and did many paintings from this hillside above the Hudson. This little 5×7″ oil painting takes in the expanse of the Catskill Mountains overlooking the Hudson River, and some of the old houses and barns down along the near shoreline. There were a few sailboats off in the distance that I popped into the painting too!

This painting will be available at a special price of just $100, only on September 28 from 1-4pm at the Thomas Cole House in Catskill NY, as part of their “Postcards from the Trail” exhibition and fundraiser.

Below is an image you can click on for a larger view of the painting:

Hudson River Sunset from Cold Spring Miniature

Posted by Jamie on September 13th, 2014

3×6″, oil on stretched canvas, display easel included
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This panoramic sunset miniature painting of the Hudson Highlands, as seen from Cold Spring, was painted on location on a miniature stretched canvas. I painted the sides too, so it looks perfect set on a miniature easel on a desk or side table. The wooden display easel is included in the price of the painting. It’s a perfect gift item for somebody who loves the Hudson River! Storm King Mountain is on the left, with Little Stony Point jutting out into the river, and Breakneck Ridge on the right.

Here is an image you can click on for a slightly larger version of the painting:

Frederic Church’s Tree in Miniature

Posted by Jamie on September 11th, 2014

4×2″, oil on canvas board, display easel included
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I haven’t done many miniatures for awhile, and I find I’m really missing them! They are wonderful gift items, and make a beautiful display set on their miniature easels on a side table or desk. This is a painting I did on location at Hudson River School artist Frederic Church’s estate, Olana. This tree overlooks the Hudson River along one of the carriage roads. I’ve done a few paintings of this tree and just can’t seem to get enough of it! A lovely wooden display easel is included with the painting. No framing needed!

Cascading Toward the Hudson

Posted by Jamie on September 10th, 2014

5×7″, oil on linen panel
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A couple of weeks ago, I went painting at this beautiful cascade that feeds into the Hudson River. Although I’d planned to do a Hudson River painting, it was raining when I arrived. The mountain views across the river were obscured and this more intimate scene was ever so much more appealing on a low-light day! I ended up falling in love with this spot by the creek, and I definitely want to come back soon to capture the Hudson River vista too.

Here’s a photo from the spot along the creek. (You can click it to enlarge, and it should rotate when clicked.)

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Back Yard Grays and Greens

Posted by Jamie on September 9th, 2014

5×7″, acrylic on board
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This was painted on location using Neutral Gray paints that are made by Golden. After doing the sketch in monochrome, I decided to glaze color over some of it. I covered the painting with plastic wrap and experimented with a few different ideas by painting over the top of the transparent covering. Once I decided to bring some greens into the focal area of the painting, I removed the plastic wrap and glazed directly onto the painting. I liked the minimal burst of color added to the monochrome painting, though I like leaving these just monochrome too.

Below is an image that you can click on to get a larger view of the painting:

Swan Song

Posted by Jamie on September 8th, 2014

6×8″, acrylic on board
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A few weeks ago, my friend Melissa came over early in the morning, and we painted beside the brook that runs behind my house. The warm colors of the creek contrasted with the cool greens of foliage. Just as I was almost finished, one of our resident swans came sailing over to check us out. I popped him into my painting before he swam around the bend, and he gave the perfect title to the piece. We saw lots of bird activity that morning; several warblers visited along with a Great Blue Heron, and a deer suddenly splashed across the brook, startling us! The wood duck box up on the tree on the right has housed everything from wood ducks to Screech Owls over the years. We’re never really sure what’s in there at any given time!

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Overcast Day at Sunset Rock

Posted by Jamie on September 7th, 2014

5×7″, oil on linen panel
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Rain threatened on the day I ventured out to do this painting, but we hiked up to Newman’s Ledge anyway, and then settled in for lunch and some painting time at Sunset Rock. This was a favorite painting spot of the Hudson River School artists, and I think you can see why. Kaaterskill High Peak and Round Top mountains are in the distance, with North South Lake stretched out below. We figured we’d be able to spot the rain coming in from the west before it got to us, and we headed down the mountain when the front started moving in.

Here’s an image I took at the scene that day:

You can click the image below to get a slightly larger view of the painting:

Breaking Clouds at North Lake

Posted by Jamie on July 7th, 2014

5×7″, oil on Ampersand Gessoboard
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North South Lake is one of my favorite places to paint under adverse conditions. Big cloud formations over the lake, areas of breaking light reflecting in the water, and places one can get quick shelter from the elements, are among the reasons why I like it here so much. In this case, a pavilion overlooking North Lake provided shelter while painting this scene of storm clouds coming and going. The beach area quickly emptied, and I watched the distant mountaintop glow with light as the rain moved away and sunlight broke through the cloud cover. It was Catskill drama at its very best!

North South Lake is one of the sites along the Hudson River School Art Trail. It was frequently painted by Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, Jasper Cropsy, and other artists of the time. The Catskill Mountain House was situated just east of the lake, and became a favorite destination for vacationers from New York City, who would journey up the Hudson River by steamboat to get here and enjoy the cool mountain breezes, long vistas, and recreational activities.

Here is an image you can click to get a slightly larger view:

Morning Mist at Kaaterskill Falls

Posted by Jamie on July 4th, 2014

7×5″, oil on Ampersand Gessoboard
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This was painted on location, at the famous Hudson River School site, Kaaterskill Falls. It was a sticky, hot morning and a long climb up to the base of the falls with a backpack of painting gear, but well worth it to see the sunlight come up over the mountain and hit the falls in a stream of bright light, illuminating the mist at the midlevel basin. I never get tired of painting this scene and area. There is so much to paint along the waterfalls and streams on the way up the trail, that I sometimes end up painting one of the less famous views en route to Kaaterskill Falls.

Plattekill Falls in Pastel

Posted by Jamie on June 22nd, 2014

12×9″, pastel on Wallis paper
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On Thursday morning, I went to Platte Clove with a friend. It was a hot day and we wanted to find a cool spot. We hiked past the charming red cottage of the Platte Clove Conservation Area, down the steep, slippery path, and were rewarded by the sound of rushing water and sparkling falls in the morning light. The rocks glistened red and orange in the morning, though they started to cool in color temperature in the afternoon. The greens and rusts in the water were captivating. I don’t know how tall this waterfall is; I’ll have to research that. But I’d guess it’s over 100 feet high. I stayed at a spot about halfway up the slope. My friend went down to water level.

I was there with my husband a few weeks ago and did a watercolor sketch. This time, I brought my ultra-light pastel setup. Sometimes I arrive on location and wish I’d brought different media than what was in my pack. This time I felt like I had the perfect medium to capture the contrasts and strong colors I saw.

As for trying to find a cool spot on a hot day, we actually ended up being chilly there by the waterfall! There was cool mist in the air that seemed to stay within the bowl formed by the rocks surround the falls. Every so often, water would splash on my pastel from somewhere above. I think it accumulated on the leaves until droplets let loose, and they always seemed to have to land on my painting!

Hudson River Blossoms

Posted by Jamie on June 21st, 2014


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5×7, oil on linen
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One of the highlights of my springtime painting excursions is always when the cherry blossoms are blooming along the Hudson River at Boscobel Restoration. It may take me ages to get the image posted, but I always try to get the painting done while the blossoms are there. Last year I missed my window of opportunity, and I almost missed my chance this year. Fortunately they bloomed very late and I was able to get over to Boscobel before they were gone.

Emerging Spring

Posted by Jamie on June 19th, 2014

5×7″, oil on Ampersand Gessoboard
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This is a scene in my back yard. I painted it from life in early spring, while watching the wood ducks swimming, and enjoying that short time of spring color before the entire landscape goes green. I think the colors of early spring are my favorites. They have a subtle beauty that goes overboard in fall. In spring they feel balanced, natural, and calmingly subdued. Of course, that could just be the way I feel after the bleak starkness of winter!

Top of Kaaterskill Falls in Watercolor

Posted by Jamie on June 18th, 2014


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Watercolor on Arches Rough 140#
12×16″, matted with backing board for a standard frame
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I’ll bet you were all expecting to see the conclusion of the oil painting I’ve been working on from this very vantage point! Well, I decided to meet an old friend for an early lunch today, so couldn’t get out on location in the morning to finish that one up. However, I was thinking that one very effective way to study the scene many more times would be to do it in several different media. While examining the vista on location yesterday morning, I was thinking about how I’d approach it in watercolor. This painting is the result, which I painted last night from a photo I’d taken earlier in the day.

I painted this with the new QoR watercolor paints by Golden Artist Colors. I sampled some from the Golden factory a couple of months ago, before they were sent out to stores, and subsequently bought a boatload of tubes when they became available. I just love these paints! They are really vibrant and intense, and most importantly, they rewet very easily when they dry out in my palette. For a multi-media artist who’s not doing watercolors every day and thus keeping the paints moist, they are ideal. Most of the painting was done with a #6 squirrel mop, and then I did the fine lines and details with a #6 sable round.

As for the oil painting, I’m hoping to go back on Friday morning and hopefully finish that one up. But if I’m not able to finish it then, it gives me a good excuse to return yet again to this amazing spot high above Kaaterskill Clove, and contemplate all the Hudson River School painters who stood there before me.

Day Two at the Top of Kaaterskill Falls

Posted by Jamie on June 17th, 2014


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12×16″, oil on Ampersand Gessoboard

I made a lot of progress today, but by 9:30am, the sun had come around the tree line and illuminated the foreground. I am determined to catch it in shadow in the painting, but it might take one more visit to be able to finish this off so early in the morning, unless I finish it from a photo. The scene beyond the painting is bleached out because the painting was upright and not catching as much light as the vista beyond. But notice how light the foreground is in the actual scene above, which was photographed around noon. Now compare it to the image below, which is how I find the view early in the morning, with the dark foreground I crave!

So I guess it will be awhile longer before I can post the finished painting. But I’m determined to get it done this week!

If you’d like to see what it looked like after my first session, click here to see my previous post.