Friday, April 3, 2009

Sailboats on Quiet River, and the Hudson Valley Quadricentennial

Hello, art lovers and blog readers.This is my second blog post in a week, a sign am being energized by the coming spring which is starting to evidence itself in crocuses blooming and delightful warm sunshine.
I paint the landscape in oil, in a manner inspired by the Hudson River school of painting and the slightly later Barbizon School.
I live and paint in the Hudson Valley, which this year is celebrating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage up this river from what is now New York City. It seems strange to think our country is 400 years old, an age much predating the Declaration of Independence, but it is.
A major center of American civilization started right in this region with Hudson's historic voyage upriver.
Though I'm not familiar with the exact configuration of the ships of 1609, this painting was inspired by my concept of Henry Hudson and his companions on his voyage. Hudson River views in warm weather have a stately, dreamlike and very still feeling that seems timeless. One could sit on the banks and gaze and perhaps meditate for hours, losing track of time.
Even the clouds scarcely seem to move in this painting of ships that are sailing yet seem becalmed.
This work was recently sold by the Driftwood Gallery, 44 No. Division St., Peekskill, NY. The Driftwood has more of my art on exhibit and is open Wed. through Sat. 12-5; I suggest calling first at 914-788-4650.
One of my other Hudson Valley paintings was among 4 selected statewide for a multimedia performance celebrating the Quadricentennial, which toured the state last month.
Much of my work is exhibited and sold by several fine galleries that represent me in New York, Massachusetts and California. If you prefer to view art in a gallery setting, please read other blog posts for gallery and contact information. At the bottom of this page click on "Older Posts".
I also sell from my studio by appointment. The studio is about 2 hours north of the NYC metro area and within a few hours from most points in New England, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
If you purchase a work from this blog with seeing the original, you can return it within 30 days if you are not delighted. Most people feel my work looks much better in actuality.
If you have questions or comments I would love to hear from you.
Have a great weekend,

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