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Archive for the 'Appalachian Trail' Category

Spring in the Great Swamp on the Appalachian Trail

Posted by Jamie on June 8th, 2017

170601 Spring in the Great Swamp 7x11 wc 435

12×16″ including mat and backing board (7 1/2 x 11″ painting size, matted to 12×16″)
Framing available for a small additional fee.
Watercolor on paper

$260.00 plus $15 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

This was painted this past spring at the Pawling NY boardwalk along the Appalachian Trail. There is a wooden footbridge over a small river there, and both sides provide exquisite views of marshes filled with birds and all kinds of wildlife. Below is an image you can click on for a larger, clearer view of the painting:

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The painting will arrive already matted and with a backing board, so you can slip it into any standard 12×16″ frame. (Frame available at extra cost.)

Autumn Over the Hudson from Bear Mountain

Posted by Jamie on February 9th, 2015

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12×24″, oil on Ampersand Gessoboard

$800.00 plus $35 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

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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Sunrise Glare on the Hudson

Posted by Jamie on January 13th, 2015

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5×7″, oil on Ampersand Gessoboard
$135.00 plus $12 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

The other day, I posted a painting done from Bear Mountain, overlooking this same view of Iona Island and the Hudson River. The challenge I faced on that one was the quickly changing light very early in the morning. I was so determined to capture the strong yellow glow before it vanished, that I went back the following day. I arrived very early and pulled out this small panel, covering it with the transparent yellow that washed the scene, and painting into that until the sun came up higher and the color again disappeared. Once that happened, I stopped and put it away so that I could finish it in the studio, and keep the concept intact. I tried to keep the painting as transparent as possible, using very little white to maximize the glow through the paint layers.

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
SOLD! Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com to inquire about a similar painting.

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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9×12″, oil on archival linen panel
$380.00 plus $20 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

I few weeks ago I spent a glorious day painting with friends at Bear Mountain, overlooking magnificent views of the Hudson River. This vista to the south featured Iona Island, warm and cool color shifts in the water, and atmospheric distance effects. I want to go back again, and again!

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

Looking Over the Bear Mountain Bridge

Posted by Jamie on June 8th, 2013

5×7″, oil on oil primed linen panel
SOLD! Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com to inquire about a similar painting.

This vista of the Hudson River from Bear Mountain is spectacular. I had one of those days of perfect spring weather to paint outside — not too cold, not too hot, not too windy, and shade! What more could a painter ask for?

It seems that everywhere I look lately, I’m stepping on or looking at the Appalachian Trail. Although I wasn’t thinking about it when up atop Bear Mountain painting this scene, the Appalachian Trail goes right across this very bridge over the Hudson River. I can’t even imagine the thrill that it must give to all those weary hikers to arrive at this spot and be walking across the Hudson at the entrance to the Hudson Highlands. Surely it must be one of the highlights of the entire trail. Through this section of the River, dramatic mountains rise up on either side, with bends and twists of the Hudson around the steep banks. The Highlands section runs from this area between Bear Mountain and Anthony’s Nose, up to Breakneck Ridge and Storm King to the north. This southern portion of the Hudson Highlands is quite a haul for me by car, so I don’t get down this way nearly often enough.

I broke my toe a few weeks ago, and spent the entire morning standing up and painting. By the afternoon I was sore, and took the easy way out. I sat in the shade of my big umbrella, painting comfortably with my little 5×7″ Guerrilla pochade box on my lap, and a Diet Coke by my side. Perfect!

The Great Swamp in Rusts and Golds

Posted by Jamie on June 6th, 2013

16×12″ with custom ivory mat and acid free backing board to fit a standard 12×16″ frame. (Painting size is 11×7″.)
Acrylic on Arches paper
$250.00 plus $15 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

This painting of a scene along the Appalachian Trail is the fourth in my Color Inspirations series. It was painted from the same reference image as the one I posted yesterday, where the Appalachian Trail goes through the Great Swamp, but with a different selection of colors. This painting has great transparency, which is what gives the sky such a luminous glow. I made sure to use transparent pigments that would maximize the effect. We don’t always end up with exactly what we were hoping for, but for me, this one did give me the effect I was after!

This paper is Arches 90# rough. The wonderful watercolor artist, David Taylor, told me that it’s a paper he likes to use from time to time, so I thought I’d give it a try. It’s not one I’d have thought to use because of its lighter weight. It certainly does need to be taped down while painting to avoid buckling, and actually, the first batch of it that I ordered was buckled when it arrived at my doorstep. Thank goodness Dick Blick is such a reputable retailer, and they replaced all the paper right away. I’m enjoying the responsiveness of this lighter paper, and can see why David finds it appealing.

Great Swamp with a Golden Sky

Posted by Jamie on June 5th, 2013

8×10″ with ivory and gold mat included to fit a standard 8×10 frame. (Painting size is 5.5×8″.)
Acrylic on rough watercolor paper
$130.00 plus $15 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

I’ve been working on some color-inspired paintings lately, and this is the third of my Color Inspirations series. This scene from the Great Swamp lent itself to a golden sky, bringing out the colors of the marsh grasses and warming up the scene. My goal with this series is not so much to portray a specific place as to create a special drama or mood, using inspiration from the scene before me and a color palette that I feel complements the scenery. The tonal values at the location become more important than the actual colors. In this case, the trees contrasted strongly with the other elements in the scene. For that reason, I felt it was an ideal composition of tonal values, while shifting the color imaginatively. I think I’ll be doing several from this reference, exploring different color possibilities.

This also happens to be another scene along the Appalachian Trail in Pawling, New York. It is close to where the trail crosses Route 22. I seem to find a lot of inspiration along the AT these days.

I am doing these Color Inspiration paintings in assorted media. This one is acrylic on paper. I will mat it like a watercolor, but the versatility of acrylic also enables me to varnish and frame them like oil paintings. Very cool!

Hiking the Appalachian Trail

Posted by Jamie on June 3rd, 2013


16×12″, Acrylic on Arches board
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Usually when there is water to be found at a location, it becomes at least a small portion of my painting. But in this case, I was mesmerized by the beautiful light in the distance filtering through the trees, and the splotches it created along the trail. This section of the Appalachian Trail is in Pawling, New York, about a quarter mile southwest of the intersection with Route 22.

I used Golden Airbrush acrylic for most of this painting in order to make the most of the transparent glow in the distance. Nothing quite captures that effect like transparent paint on a white support!

Most of my early spring work, including this one, has already been claimed by RiverWinds Gallery in Beacon, NY. You’ll be able to see this painting and more at RiverWinds starting the Second Saturday in July. The painting can be purchased at the gallery, here through my website, or by calling RiverWinds during their regular business hours.

Spring Burst

Posted by Jamie on June 2nd, 2013

15×11″, custom matted (ivory mat) to 20×16
Acrylic on rag paper

$400.00 plus $35 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

This was painted in The Great Swamp, which runs through Putnam and Dutchess Counties. I painted it on location in Pawling, New York, beside the Appalachian Trail. It was one of those times when I really felt like exploring the possibilities of acrylic paint with drips and spatters, which seemed quite appropriate as spring was bursting all around me in scattered leaf forms and brilliant yellow-greens.

I did this on watercolor paper to take advantage of the color blending capabilities in the initial stages. I also happen to love acrylic on paper more than anything else. There is something about water media that just adores paper supports. The advantage using acrylic on paper is that it can still be varnished and framed without glass just like an oil painting or an acrylic on canvas. In this case though, I really liked the look of the painting with the mat surrounding it to give it some breathing room, so it is being matted to 20×16″ and framed with glass and a beautiful gold wood frame to bring out the sparkle of spring. Acrylic is the most archival material out there, so I love working in this versatile medium that I know will last for generations to come.

Spring on the Swamp River

Posted by Jamie on May 22nd, 2013

12×16″, oils on oil primed linen panel

SOLD! Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com to inquire about a similar painting.

This painting was actually started over a year ago along the Appalachian Trail in Pawling, New York. I put in one day on it last spring, and intened to finish it from a photo. I did a little work in the studio with it over the winter, but decided to get back to the location to finish it instead. When I returned, I worked until the light changed. Once the sun started to come from the other direction, I had to call it a day, in spite of the fact that it still wasn’t done! A week later, I returned to the scene of the crime to finally finish the painting! I’m so pleased with the way it turned out. Since it takes so long for oils to set, you can really pump up the colors and values by working on a piece in a few sittings.

This view of the Swamp River is actually the opposite direction from the little 5×7″ painting that I posted the other day. I painted from nearly the same spot, but sat up on a bridge overlooking the river, and facing the other way.

I hadn’t signed the painting by the time I took the photo, so that’s why my name is typed across the image. That lettering does not appear on the painting, and I’ll be signing it before it gets its final varnish.

Spring in the Great Swamp

Posted by Jamie on May 20th, 2013

5×7″, oils on oil primed linen panel

$135.00 plus $12 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

I can’t get enough of this painting spot! It has really grown on me this year. There’s a long boardwalk along the Appalachian Trail, and loads of migrating birds passing through.This little oil sketch was painted on location just before the greens took over the landscape, so there was still a lot of color variation in the distant hills. Now they are all green! The Appalachian Trail runs through the Great Swamp at this spot, and I always get to chat with lots of hikers. It’s a great section of the AT.

Pelton Pond in Fall

Posted by Jamie on October 11th, 2011

You can click the image below for a larger view of the painting:

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7×11″ (1/8 sheet size), Watercolor on Arches 140# Rough paper, with 12×16″ custom ivory mat and backing board to fit a standard 12×16″ frame.

$290.00 plus $20 shipping and insurance within the Continental United States. For local sales, shipping charge will be allocated to NYS Sales Tax. Please email me at JamieWG@aol.com for International purchases or with any questions.

Pelton Pond was beautiful the other day, with the leaves starting to turn and the brilliant blue sky. I got to visit with a number of painting friends on this beautiful day, and even got a painting done too!