Super Random

Mostly I’m attracted to activity in the natural landscape but not everything is a Plein-Air painting outing! Certain groupings of shapes and colors, whether seen gazing out the window or from a photo, inspire musings in paint.  The initial structure and design of an idea picks up and leaves off from sighting to brush tip. Cadences of color and light from everyday observances reflected on paper with paint.  No grandiose themes and lengthy corrections, only dabs and swooshes to capture a sketchwork of the day. 


Officially Unofficial

As a youngster growing up in the lower Hudson Valley town of Mount Kisco, a major thoroughfare the SMP also known as the Saw Mill River Parkway got us where we needed to go.  There is also the TSP, or Taconic State Parkway.  Perhaps you have heard of this  beautiful and convenient road?  Today I am attracted to another major roadway of downstate that is an integral part of getting around in this area of the northern Hudson Valley.  The road is New York State Route 9.  Around here we are familiar with 9W, 9G, 9H and others. Directions can be confusing. Over the years I have imagined that the letters refer to various area associations:

9 W with W meaning West of the Hudson River

9 G for Germantown

9 H for Hudson

9 J for Junction

As it turns out U.S. Route 9 is a major deal and begins all the way down in Laurel, Delaware and goes clear up to Champlain, New York.  The letters do not refer to any place specifically and also include 9N, 9P, 9A, 9F, 9D, 9L, etc.

I am inspired by this neighborhood road and it’s long history intertwined with my life travels.  It’ll be interesting to see where this fondness leads.



A Grand View

Welcome to my neighborhood. I live down the street from Hudson River School of Painting founder Thomas Cole.  Every day I enjoy the view of New York’s Catskill Mountains from my home in the village of Catskill.  Many days throughout the year I pack up my Plein-Air painting supplies and head outside into the landscape.  Recently it’s been too cold and windy so I’ve been inside with a live model….


I’m looking forward to warmer days and greener painting palette. Thank you for reading.  Eden

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