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Archive for the 'Hudson River School' Category

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!

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:


(Click image to enlarge.)

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.

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!

Mist in the Mountains

Posted by Jamie on June 9th, 2014

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6×8″, oil on board
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On the day we planned to go to Frederic Church’s Olana estate, it rained all morning. Honestly, I was so tired by that point that I was grateful for a morning to sleep in a bit later and tend to some things around the house, like laundry! I headed to Olana when the rain stopped and painted until a couple of hours before sunset. This was my second painting of the day, done from my favorite area of the 250 acre property. It affords the best Catskill skyline on the site, as well as direct western views to take full advantage of late day backlighting and sunsets. The evaporating moisture from the earlier rainfall created a mist in the valley of the mountains, softening edges and throwing light in between the slopes and hills. The strong western sun illuminated the edges of the foliage as it streamed across the river. It was a stunning scene, and I wish I’d painted it larger! Since I’d done a 12×16 earlier in the afternoon, I was happy to give my broken foot a rest and paint this one from my comfy chair in a smaller size.

Above the Falls

Posted by Jamie on June 8th, 2014


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6×8″ Oil on board
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Last week I painted up above Kaaterskill Falls with a few friends. In fact, I spent the entire week painting at some of my favorite spots with a fabulous group of artists from New York Plein Air Painters. This is the top of Kaaterskill Falls, right where Lake Creek goes over the edge and drops 269 feet to the base of the two-tiered waterfall. I try to stay away from the edge and spare myself the vertigo! Many of the Hudson River School painters did famous works from this very spot. The light up there is fantastic at any time of day, with beautiful colors and strong values. It’s a challenging scene to paint, which hopefully I’ve come to handle better over time! This was painted very directly with oils, and then I added a few final touches and made a couple of adjustments in the studio — like picking out the bugs!

Sunset Memories

Posted by Jamie on April 16th, 2014

5×7″, oils on Ampersand Gessoboard, custom framed
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This is a spot that was one of Hudson River School artist Thomas Cole’s favorite places to paint. I visit here frequently at sunset with a small pochade box to paint studies and take photos. Last year, I experimented with some color palette ideas in watercolor and acrylic from many of the photos I took here. This morning I pulled out all those color studies and some of the photographs, and explored those ideas in oils. I think I feel a series coming on!

Soft Morning Glow Over the Hudson

Posted by Jamie on October 19th, 2013

12×24″, oils on Ampersand Gessoboard
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After the three day Olana event, we had to select one painting to turn in for the jury and the auction. I was undecided about whether to submit this one or the other. My husband liked this one better, but I decided to turn in the other. Usually I paint the big overview scene with the Catskill Mountains showing on the right side, but this time I decided to shift the scene the other way, so that I could include Frederic Church’s pond, with the river out in the distance. This was a nice change from the way I usually paint this view, and one that I think I will revisit from time to time!

For some reason, the orange in the sky is showing stronger in the photos than in the painting itself, so take that into consideration when viewing the images. Here is one you can click on for a larger view:

Second Place Award at Olana Plein Air event!

Posted by Jamie on October 7th, 2013


12×16″, oil on linen panel
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On Saturday, October 5, I had the great honor of receiving the Second Place award at the Olana Plein Air event. Entry into the event was highly competitive and they only took 25 of us to begin with, so I was especially grateful to receive the award among such an accomplished group of artists. Olana is the homestead of Hudson River School painter Frederic Church. His 250 acre property and Moorish style mansion are a painter’s haven at any time of year, but especially in fall.

We had two and a half days to paint. I was feeling stressed by time factors because I had my dogs at home and knew I would not be able to spend as much as I’d like on location. I had a petsitter walk them at noon, but that still didn’t give me until sunset, and of course sunset is The time to paint at Olana!

This is a view off Ridge Road at Olana, and it’s one of my special favorite spots. It features Kaaterskill Clove in the distance, which was one of the areas painted by many of the Hudson River School painters. Knowing I was pressed for time, I set my easel out at the site at 7:45am on the first day, and then went to the 8am breakfast orientation/registration meeting. When the meeting broke, I was all set to paint. As I was nearing the end of the painting, this fabulous barge and tugboat went by! Sometimes they appear at the wrong time in the painting process, but I pretty much had that area completed and was able to pop them in as they passed.

I did five paintings during the two and a half days, and in the end, was torn between two of them in deciding what to submit for the juror and auction. Each artist had to select just one painting. Everybody’s paintings were beautiful!

Many thanks to the Olana and Columbia County Council for the Arts staffs for their hard work before, after, and during the event, and to all the art lovers who came to the auction and bid on paintings. I’d also like to thank my fellow painters for making it such an enjoyable event and being so supportive of one another.

Here is an image you can click on for a larger view:

Over the Edge at Kaaterskill Falls

Posted by Jamie on September 25th, 2013

7×5″, oils on archival linen panel, beautifully framed
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Some scenes I paint over and over again and never get tired of them. Occasionally, I need a couple of years “off” from one of those vistas, and then I return with renewed appreciation for nature’s majesty. This famous scene at the top of Kaaterskill Falls is one of those magical spots. The Hudson River School painters frequented this spot too. When viewed from the top, it’s hard to believe that this little creek going over the edge is actually the top of the tallest waterfall in New York State!

Below is an image of the painting in progress. As you can see, somebody was taking advantage of a quiet afternoon to catch a little snooze on the rock across the creek. I was worried that he’d roll over in his sleep and go right off the edge!

Pink and Purple Sunset from Olana

Posted by Jamie on September 3rd, 2013


8×10″, acrylic on archival artboard
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There is so much to paint at Olana, and yet I never get tired of painting the big vista. Every sunset is different. This one was dramatic! I was there with my friend Patti. We were initially painting from another spot, but were afraid we’d have trouble getting back down the trail in the dark. So we stopped there well before sunset, and went on to this spot, where we remained until the sun fell below the horizon.

Here is an image you can click on for a larger, clearer view:

Path to the Cozy Cottage

Posted by Jamie on August 29th, 2013


8×10″, varnished acrylic on sealed, archival artboard (frame without glass like an oil painting)
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This is a painting I did as a plein air demo during the three day workshop I taught at Olana a couple of weeks ago. I did it to show participants some indirect painting techniques. The path was actually paved, but I wanted to turn it into an inviting path through the trees that was more welcoming for a lazy afternoon walk than a drive along a paved road. The scene was overwhelmingly green, which is another reason why I wanted to have a warm-colored path.

We were using a three color palette of slow-drying Golden OPEN Acrylics, so I mixed the basic color for the path from the three primaries, then used OPEN Gloss medium to create a glaze. I laid down a thick layer of the orangy glaze over the whole panel, and sketched in my composition by drawing in the glaze with the wooden handle tip of a brush. I then pulled out lights and added darks, subtracting and adding paint until I was done.

Below is an image that you can click on for a larger, clearer view:

We’re into Labor Day weekend, so I’ll resume posting on Tuesday. Best wishes for a wonderful weekend to you all!

Nearing Sunset at Olana 2

Posted by Jamie on August 22nd, 2013

8×10″, acrylic on sealed Arches hot press board
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Whenever I haven’t been to Olana for awhile, I have to do at least a couple of paintings from the top overlooking the Hudson River. This one was done in the late afternoon, just as the warmer color started moving into the atmosphere. Every day tells a different story here at the top of the hill. The clouds are always moving, and the landscape changes with the time of day and the seasons. The spot always has a freshness to it, even if I’ve painted it a hundred times.

If you’d like to see a larger view of the painting, you can click on the image below:

Catskill Drama from Olana

Posted by Jamie on August 21st, 2013


8×10″, acrylic on Arches board
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I have big news! Jurors have gone through the artist applicants for the three day Olana Paintout and Art Auction on October 3-5. They have selected twenty-six artists for the event, and I am one of them! So I’ve been spending some time strolling the grounds there and doing lots of small plein air pieces at different times of day, to help familiarize me with vistas both old and new on the 250 acre estate.

This view of the Hudson River and Catskills is not one I’ve painted before. The Hudson River appears as a streak in the foreground amidst farmland and low hills, before arriving at the dramatic skyline of the Eastern Escarpment of the Catskills. It’s quite different from the south-facing view we’re all accustomed to seeing from the front of the mansion. I’d like to revisit this spot a few times.

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

This painting was done with Golden Open Acrylics. They were such a pleasure to work with, staying juicy and blendable all through the painting process. I used them on an Arches hot press board that I sealed with two coats of Fluid Matte Medium. The painting can then be varnished and framed like an oil painting. I love this surface for acrylics! It’s one of my current favorites, and the varnished paintings look absolutely stunning.

Fall Sunset at Olana

Posted by Jamie on August 16th, 2013

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6×6″, Oil on Ampersand Gessoboard (archival panel)
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I can’t even count how many sunsets I’ve witnessed at Frederic Church’s homestead, Olana. Sometimes the sun just drops like a stone and the lights go out. Other times, I’m treated to a magnificent festival of light and color. Photos from those occasions become the inspiration for many paintings in various sizes, formats, and mediums. Such was the evening of this particular sunset. The yellow light blazed behind the Catskill Mountains, and there was a red rim of fluting along the edge where land meets sky. On these evenings, one can feel Frederic Church’s passion for the view that he was fortunate enough to call “home”.

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8×10″, Oils on sealed, primed hardboard
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I drove up the mountain to South Lake, where Thomas Cole did his famous painting, Lake with Dead Trees, and many other Hudson River School painters did their renditions of Round Top Mountain’s peak looking down upon the lake. It was my intention to finish a painting I’d started there on Friday. However, the light was totally different, and I saw a beautiful sunset emerging. I decided to do this new painting instead, and chased the sunset to the very end.

Peach Sunset on the Hudson

Posted by Jamie on June 24th, 2013

11×15″, Acrylic on watercolor paper (140# Fabriano cold press)
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Sunsets at Frederic Church’s Olana estate are always dramatic. Although the Hudson River overlook does not face due west from the top of the hill by the mansion, there is always wonderful color in the sky and spectacular views of the Catskill Mountains. Like Boscobel, it’s one of those Hudson Vistas that one never grows tired of! (I suppose Frederic Church didn’t tire of it either!)

Below is an image that you can click on for a larger, clearer view:

Firey Sunset Over the Hudson and some glazing tips

Posted by Jamie on June 20th, 2013


5×7″, acrylic on archival rag board
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This was painted 99% on location at Olana, the estate of Hudson River School artist Frederic Church. Often after plein air painting, I get the painting home, and when I see it with indoor lighting, there is something that needs adjusting. Initially, the yellows in this painting were too cool compared to what the painting and scene looked like on location. It needed a glaze of warmer color. The image below is what it looked like when I brought it home. It looks a little anemic, don’t you think?

Glazes are quick to do, but can be tricky. Because acrylics dry so fast and cannot be removed when dry, laying on too much color while working transparently can suck all the light out of a painting. To be certain that I laid down the right color in the proportions I needed, I first covered the painting with clear plastic food wrap, and set it on the easel. With a mixture of Acrylic Glazing Liquid and transparent color, I tested the glaze color and result on top of the plastic-covered painting. If I wasn’t happy, I wiped it off and tried a different proportion or mix, until I got it looking the way I wanted while it was covered in the plastic wrap (click to enlarge):

Then I removed the plastic wrap from the painting, and set it against a white surface. This gave me a guideline of color and proportion of paint to glazing liquid, in order to achieve my desired result. It always surprises me how little color is needed when I see the glaze I used against a white surface! This is all that was needed to glaze this particular painting, so you can see how easy it would be to mix in way too much color (click to enlarge):

I then mixed the color and glazing liquid on a white paper palette to match the color on the plastic wrap, and painted it over the surface of the actual painting. It’s a pretty foolproof way to get exactly what you want! All that was left to do was to sign my name. Testing the glaze layer this way does take a few extra minutes, but it is well worth it in the end. It enables me to test many different options before making a commitment.

Acrylics have some truly wonderful properties, and definite advantages over oil paints. If I want to glaze an oil painting, I have to wait until the paint is quite dry. That’s a long time compared with the nearly instant glazing capability of acrylics. Plus, each additional layer of oil glaze is problematic. Oil painting mediums can darken, yellow and crack over time. The more oil and resin enter the paint film, the worse it is for the painting. One only needs to stroll through a museum to see first-hand how true that is. Restoration is expensive, and most private buyers don’t have a huge art conservation budget!

Acrylics, on the other hand, can be glazed forever with no compromise to the paint film. The acrylic medium is flexible and archival, and will not yellow, darken, nor crack over time. That means that if I decide to darken or intensify a glaze, I can always add another layer.

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

Kaaterskill Falls in Watercolor

Posted by Jamie on June 12th, 2013

Watercolor on Rives BFK rag paper
16×12″ includes custom ivory mat and backing board for standard frame, image size is 11×7″
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Kaaterskill Falls, the tallest waterfall in New York State, is one of my favorite spots to paint. It was one of the favorite spots for the Hudson River School painters as well. It’s not easy to get to the base of the falls with painting gear. Sometimes the hardest part is getting a parking space, but even if you do, it’s about a quarter mile from the lot and then about a half mile climbing up the mountainside. Without gear it’s not a hard climb, but you don’t want to do this one loaded down with equipment!

This one was done on location last summer, but for some unknown reason, it never got posted. I think I just never got it up before the camera to take the picture, so here it is at long last! Please note that this painting comes already custom-matted and with an archival backing board, so all you’ll have to do is pick out a standard 12×16″ frame for it and it’s ready to hang.

Looking Over the Bear Mountain Bridge

Posted by Jamie on June 8th, 2013

5×7″, oil on oil primed linen panel
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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!

Golden Flowers at Olana

Posted by Jamie on May 19th, 2013


5×7″, acrylics on rag board, custom framed in a gold plein air style wooden frame

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This field leading up to Frederic Church’s Olana estate is a constantly-changing palette of colors and patterns. In late spring/early summer, the purple flowers vanish from the landscape and are replaced by weaving carpets of yellow and gold leading up to the mansion. Whether looking down at the Hudson River from the top, or up at the residence of one of the greatest Hudson River school painters, there is no shortage of subject matter here for a landscape artist. I’ve painted this scene a number of times, but I have to say, I am especially happy with this particular rendition!

Speaking of Olana, I have some big news! I’ll be teaching a three day workshop there for teens in August. The dates are August 13, 14 and 15, from 9:30-12:30. We’ll be painting the Hudson River School landscape with Golden OPEN Acrylics — the perfect medium for those hot summer days. There is also a great air conditioned studio space if the temps get brutal or we have a rainy day. This is the perfect introduction to painting for teenagers with some time on their hands during the summer, and Olana will provide the paints, brushes, and painting panels. Please pass the word along if you know anybody who might be interested.

Autumn at Hidden Falls

Posted by Jamie on November 6th, 2012

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9×12″, oils on linen
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This was painted on location at a favorite spot deep in the woods. Last year when I was at the Vedder Library going through sketches by Hudson River School artists BBG Stone, I came upon a sketch he’d done from this very spot! I recognized it immediately because of the shape of the huge boulder at an angle at the base of the falls, and also a rock outcropping that is just out of the view of this painting. It was very exciting for me to know that he’d been here also.

Below is an image that you can click on for a larger view:

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Nearing Sunset at Olana

Posted by Jamie on November 5th, 2012

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6×8″, oils on archival board
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This was painted before sunset at the Hudson River School “Olana” site, former home of painter Frederic Church. The long shadows, high contrast, and captivating color of the light were what drew me to this scene looking north above the Hudson. Below is an image that you can click on to get a slightly larger view:

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Three Paintings from Olana

Posted by Jamie on October 25th, 2012

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This sheet contains three small acrylic paintingsj on a 9×12 sheet of multi-media paper. They are views from Olana, which is the estate of Hudson River School painter Frederic Church. Below is an image that you can click on for a larger, clearer view:

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These were painted with a split primary palette of Golden Fluid Acrylics:
Hansa Yellow Opaque
Diarylide Yellow
Pyrrole Red
Quinacridone Crimson
Cerulean Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Titanium White
For the bottom painting, I also used Nickel Azo Yellow, Quinacridone Burnt Orange, and Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid to get a nice transparent glaze on the paper, then I worked into that glaze with the rest of the paints.

Clouds at South Lake — Hudson River School site

Posted by Jamie on September 23rd, 2012

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5×7″, Oils on archival linen panel
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It is from this exact spot that Thomas Cole painted his famous Lake With Dead Trees, and Jasper Cropsey created his beautiful sunset scene. In fact, it is one of the sites along the “Hudson River School Art Trail”. I love returning to this location at all times of day and under different atmospheric conditions. Today I was drawn here by the strong cloud formations. It’s a very cool-toned landscape in the spring and summer, so I selected a spot with some warm foreground colors, and threw some of that warmth into the sky as well.

Morning with Thomas Cole

Posted by Jamie on September 22nd, 2012

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5×7″, Acrylic on Canvas panel
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This was at least the third time I’ve painted the home of Hudson River School artist, Thomas Cole. There’s something about the golden yellow glow and beautiful garden path that inspire me when I’m there. I did this painting for the “Postcard Show”, which is opening at the Thomas Cole House tomorrow. There was a pre-event today with about 60 of the 250 paintings displayed, and this one sold today!

Kaaterskill Falls

Posted by Jamie on September 18th, 2012

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7×5″, Golden Acrylics on sealed museum board
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This painting was done on location at the tallest waterfall in New York State — Kaaterskill Falls. It is one of the sites made famous by the Hudson River School painters.

Hudson River Sunset in Miniature

Posted by Jamie on September 13th, 2012

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2×4″, oils on canvas panel. Price includes a mini easel.
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I have such a wonderful time painting these little miniatures! This one was painted on location at Olana, former home of Hudson River School painter Frederic Church. It was another beautiful day overlooking the mighty Hudson, which has inspired artists for generations. It was painted in a completely different way than the oil sketch from the same location, which I posted yesterday. There is no one “right way” to do things when it comes to painting!