As vegetation goes dormant during the colder and darker months in the Northeast, the marsh takes on a simpler, yet mysterious form, still teeming with life. Northern Pintail duck, Mallard, Wood duck, and billions of aquatic life forms are abuzz in this water-world. When you look out onto the marsh, the world comes to a halt with sky above and sky reflected below.
The mind never stops churning, even on a relaxing weekend upstate in the Catskills (NY). The Glen Falls House is where we stayed and everyone was super nice. There are short nature trails on the property, some of which, lead to one of the most beautiful waterfalls I’ve ever seen. It’s not a big waterfall, but the surrounding rock formations are hypnotic.
Painting this was FUN. I worked on it a couple of hours after work for a little over a week. The water was the biggest challenge but the scene already offers great contrast between the light coming in through the trees and the darkness underneath the rocks. The Eastern Hemlock stand at the top of the falls really hit home. I love these conifers and who knows how long until they are destroyed by the woolly Adelgid. Finally, I went for more glow and stronger color to depict the funky vibe I feel from the Catskills.
On a drizzly, humid summer morning, Brandy and I set out to paint in Warwick, NY. We drove around looking for something interesting to paint. Finding parking was not easy, especially near interesting enough places. Then, we zoomed past an old farm building – Emmerich Greenhouses. The parking worked out and the folks working the greenhouses were very friendly. I haven’t lived near Warwick very long and I am always excited to discover places of heritage (especially, places that are not heavily advertised). These greenhouses were started by Chris Emmerich in 1982 and still going strong!
Watercolor on Arches Rough Paper
Original 14″ x 20″
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Well, I have finally returned to AlwaysWandering since February on the last day of the year. Better late than never I guess. Graduate school has been keeping me busy, but I have not stopped painting. This painting here is a memory from when we hiked The Angel’s Landing Trail in Zion National Park in Utah. Some may find the hike strenuous, but it is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the park. I guess the beauty of the Virgin River below cutting through the golden glow of Fremont Cottonwoods in autumn will force most motorists up the mountain. It gets “interesting” up at the top where you’ll need to climb the spine of this rock by pulling yourself up by chains, which are hopefully well attached to the rock. The views are well worth the “danger”. Happy New Year – cheers to more adventures in 2015.
The Wick house is a simple old farm house, but I can’t seem to just walk past it without staring at it for half an hour. During the revolutionary war, the continental army used this place as a campground during the coldest winters on record. I usually visit the Wick farm in the winter when it’s easier to imagine the cold and hunger that these soldiers endured. The image above is a painting of the Wick farm in late fall on a cold foggy day. The woods surrounding the farm always give off an eerie vibe as if the presence of the men that served in the war is still there.