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Archive for the '8×12 to 12×24' Category

Autumn Splash

Posted by Jamie on November 10th, 2015

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9×12, acrylic on canvas board

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This was a fun day out painting with friends at one of my favorite spots!

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

Posted by Jamie on November 7th, 2015

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9×12″, acrylic on canvas board

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This is a location that I discovered this year. The first time I painted here I completely bombed out. The challenge had me returning again and again, and I was finally able to work through the problems and get some paintings I liked. I was especially pleased by this one. Below is an image you can click on for a larger, clearer view of the painting.

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Summer at the Old Homestead

Posted by Jamie on September 23rd, 2015

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9×12, acrylic on canvas board

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This is Hudson River School artist Frederic Church’s original home on his Olana estate. He lived here in “Cosy Cottage” before building the huge mansion atop the hill overlooking the Hudson River. I love this view from the side, with the hill in the distance and farm fields below. I’ve been painting it for a couple of years in different seasons and formats, and checking it out at different times of day to see the lighting variations. I really want to do a very large painting of the scene, so in the meantime, I’m exploring what form that will take! Below is an image you can click on for a larger, clearer view of the painting:

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Mountain Reflections

Posted by Jamie on September 19th, 2015

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12×9″, oil on canvas board
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This painting was done from the same location as yesterday’s panoramic view, but from a different vantage point. The vertical composition enabled me to showcase different features of this Overlook Mountain view from Woodstock, NY.

Fishing at North South Lake IV

Posted by Jamie on August 27th, 2015

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11×7.5″, matted to 12×16″
QoR watercolor on Fabriano Artistico 140# cold press

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Bastion Falls

Posted by Jamie on August 11th, 2015

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12×9, oil on canvas panel

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Driving into the Catskill Mountains through Kaaterskill Clove on Route 23a, there is a spectacular waterfall around a horseshoe bend in the road. A large sign there marks the trailhead for Kaaterskill Falls, and so many people mistakenly think this lovely cascade is the famous Kaaterskill Falls. Beautiful as it is, clearly it is not in the running for the title of the tallest waterfall in New York State, but it is certainly much easier to get to! It’s another half mile up a steep and rocky mountain trail to arrive at the base of Kaaterskill, so I can almost understand those who would rather mistake it than do the hike!

I actually don’t mind doing the hike, so when I go here, I’m always hiking all they way up to the larger falls and painting Kaaterskill. I figured it was time to give this little beauty its due, so I planned a day to paint with friends at the more diminutive (but still gorgeous) Bastion Falls. I found it a more difficult subect than Kaaterskill in spite of its smaller size, and loved both the location and the challenge.

Summer Afternoon at Olana

Posted by Jamie on July 13th, 2015

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12×24″, acrylic on Ampersand Gessoboard
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Following two days of painting for the Olana Plein Air Event, (home of Hudson River School artist Frederic Church), this is the painting I selected to put into the auction that marked the culmination of the event. Actually, I laid out all the paintings I’d done during that period, and my husband chose this one! The painting sold at the auction.

Thirty wonderful artists were juried into the event. With tough competition, I felt very fortunate indeed to have been selected to participate. Even though I live so close and get to paint at Olana frequently, it’s always a magical experience.

Below is an image of the painting that you can click on for a larger view. It’s hard to show these panorama-format paintings in the space allocated for a blog image!
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I set the painting into a gold plein air style frame and it looked completely washed out. So instead, I opted for this dark, coppery-wood frame with gold trim.
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I’ll be posting the rest of the Olana paintings I did in the days to come. I have some from a month or two ago to post also, so you can expect a lot of Olana pieces to materialize in these posts as I try to catch up with myself!

Catskill Nirvana

Posted by Jamie on June 16th, 2015

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16×12″, Acrylic on archival canvas board
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I had an irresistible invitation to paint at somebody’s home overlooking the Schoharie Creek. There were gorgeous views of Stony Clove Notch, but I was drawn to this upstream composition of the creek as it wound through her property. I scrambled halfway down (and back up again!) the steep slope with all my painting gear, but the reward of the vista was well worth the effort.

Blazing Sunset Over the Hudson

Posted by Jamie on May 12th, 2015

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12×16″, oil on linen panel
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This painting of a colorful sunset over the Hudson River features thick paint laid on with brushes and palette knives. Summer blooms were in abundance, silhouetted against the light. Below is an image you can click on for a larger view of the painting:

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Boulders Above Kaaterskill Falls

Posted by Jamie on April 28th, 2015

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12×16″, oil on linen board

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This painting has been in progress for a really long time. I spent a few days out on location painting the falls, trying to capture the light very early in the morning, while the foreground was still in shadow. I worked on it in between in the studio. Finally I am considering it finished. In fact, it is varnished, framed, and hanging in it’s new space at Bistro Brie & Bordeaux in Windham, New York!

Here is an image of the painting that you can click on for a larger, clearer view:
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Spring Cascade

Posted by Jamie on April 25th, 2015

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12×9″, oil on canvas board

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The waterfalls by my house are raging this time of year as the snow melts up on the mountain. This waterfall is always the first one to dry up, so I was determined to paint this one first! Most years, by the time I get out there, it’s already dry. It used to be a split waterfall, running in two cascades, but for some reason, that second water trail is blocked, so I just painted it as a single fall. I’ll have to climb up there to see what’s blocking the left side! The most dramatic feature to this waterfall is the large, white slab of rock that juts off to the right.

Old Friends

Posted by Jamie on April 20th, 2015

Autumn Over the Hudson from Bear Mountain

Posted by Jamie on February 9th, 2015

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12×24″, oil on Ampersand Gessoboard

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This was painted from a scenic drive on Bear Mountain. Facing upriver there’s a great view of Iona Island (which I’ve also painted many times), and downriver is this fabulous vista through the Hudson Highlands. The Appalachian Trail crosses the Hudson on this bridge. There were large boats and barges going by, and sailboats off in the distance, which I put into the painting as I saw them. With the autumn colors, it was truly a spectacular day. It’s taken me awhile to get around to taking the photo of the painting and posting it. But the good news is that by now the painting is dry and can be sent out to a new home!

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

Posted by Jamie on January 20th, 2015

Have you been wondering what to give that Special Someone for Valentine’s Day, which is just around the corner? How about a gift certificate to Hudson Valley Painter! The recipient can come to the website and make their own selection, or arrange for a commissioned piece. Email Jamie at JamieWG@aol.com if you’d like to order a gift certificiate.

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Vanderbilt Vista

Posted by Jamie on January 17th, 2015

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6×12″, oil on archival canvas board
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This autumn painting was done at the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park, overlooking the Hudson River. Below is an image you can click on for a larger view of the painting:
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New York City Skyline from the Hudson River

Posted by Jamie on January 14th, 2015

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12×16″, oil on archival linen panel
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There is a park along the Hudson River in Irvington, New York, which has nice views of the New York City skyline. A client suggested I check it out, so I went with my camera one extremely windy, cold autumn day. It certainly wasn’t the kind of day I’d want to be out painting along the river! However, there were wonderfully dramatic skies and choppy water reflecting light from the breaks in the clouds. The spray flew up in all directions, and I nearly got soaked out there just taking pictures! This painting was done from references obtained during that expedition.

Below is an image you can click on for a larger, clearer view of the painting:
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Boats and Trains Along the Hudson

Posted by Jamie on January 9th, 2015

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12×16″, Oil on oil primed linen panel
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This painting was started early one morning up on Bear Mountain, overlooking the Hudson River and Iona Island. The strong, early morning like lit up the river, and the island and mountains were all silhouetted. As I worked and the morning wore on, that colorful, angled morning light gave way to a different scene. Much as I initially intended to hold onto what I started with, I found myself changing the character of the light for a different, though still beautiful interpretation of the scene. I went back the following day to finish it, and caught the barge and tug going by, as well as the freight trains crossing over the bridge from the island. The box cars provided some great pops of color!

Below is an image you can click on for a slightly larger, clearer view of the painting:
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Hudson River from Kingston

Posted by Jamie on December 2nd, 2014

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8×16″, acrylic on Arches board
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This is the view of the Hudson River as seen from Hasbrouck Park in Kingston. This spot was recently added to the Hudson River School Art Trail, as one of the places where the Hudson River School artists visited and painted. It features one of the enormous ships we sometimes see along the river. The ship gives some scale to the width of the river at that spot, and the height of my vantage point overlooking the scene. I also placed some sailboats near the ship as they passed by, so that viewers can get an idea of how massive that ship is!

Autumn Morning at Boscobel

Posted by Jamie on November 12th, 2014

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12×16″, Oils on archival linen panel
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Every fall brings with it the opportunity to paint Constitution Marsh on the Hudson River while it’s in the brief bright red stage. I try never to miss that chance! I never tire of this fall scene. I’ve painted it this time of year in every size from 5×7″ up to 24×36″, but it always appears fresh and exciting, and just as challenging each time!

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:

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.

Downriver from Above

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.

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

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!

Top of Kaaterskill Falls in Watercolor

Posted by Jamie on June 18th, 2014


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Watercolor on Arches Rough 140#
7×11″, matted to 12×16″, with gold frame (included in price)
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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.

Work in Progress at the Top of Kaaterskill Falls

Posted by Jamie on June 16th, 2014


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12×16″, oil on hardboard, work in progress

When I arrived at the top of Kaaterskill Falls early this morning, the scene looked nothing like it does in the image above. In fact, the values were completely reversed, with the foreground completely in shadow! Heres the view I started with:


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I really liked that dark foreground pulling the viewer into the light beyond. Within a couple of hours, the sun poked above the tree line and spilled light all over the delicious darks. It happened in an instant, and although I like the light foreground too, I decided to stick with my game plan, and return early tomorrow morning to complete the painting the way I had intended. The light foreground painting will have to wait for another day! With a little luck, this one will get finished tomorrow.

Click here to see the following day’s progress on the painting.

Dancing Apple Tree

Posted by Jamie on June 12th, 2014


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9×12, oils on board
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A couple of weeks ago, I went to paint at a private estate in Platte Clove. There were beautiful mountain views, colorful marsh scenes, and a serene spring-fed pond, but what really captivated me was the graceful arc of this apple tree leaning over the view.

Bastion Falls in Pastel

Posted by Jamie on June 11th, 2014

12×9″, pastel on Wallis paper
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People pass by this beautiful waterfall around the horseshoe bend on Route 23a, heading through Kaaterskill Clove into the mountains. There is a big sign next to it that says, “Kaaterskill Falls”. But this is not Kaaterskill Falls; rather, the trail that leads up the mountainside to the base of Kaaterskill Falls begins at this point! This significant, but smaller charmer, is Bastion Falls. I’ve walked past it many, many times on my way up the trail to paint the famous Kaaterskill Falls. For once I decided to stay at the trail head and sketch Bastion Falls.

I had my little dog BB with me, and I’d spent the entire morning working on a larger painting from a second tier of this waterfall. I went home for a late lunch, returning with my dog, lightweight pastel setup, and a gardening cushion to put on a rock to sit on. I have to say, I really loved working on this one. It’s still in a sketchy stage and I was considering finishing it; but some things are best left with the spontaneous freshness and expressive strokes that further refinement can so often obliterate. I’ve decided to call it “done” just the way it is. It has the energy, movement, and high contrast that I wanted to capture. And I want to go back and do another!