I have been on the road for 3 days with Samuel Ruder helping him drive and setup for an artshow at Montauk, NY. After spending one day crossing the mountains, we took another day to bum around the Delaware River section of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Many famous American Impressionists have found inspiration in this area. We first stopped in New Hope, PA. A town famous for being rich in artist studios and galleries. There was a particular view of the town that I wanted to paint. It was the view across the Delaware from New Hope, and it was frequently painted during the American Impressionist movement in the late 1800’S and early 1900s. The 2008 view is very different. There is a nice view of condos from New Hope…not very inspiring. After paying $6 to park and walking around New Hope for less than 5 minutes, we both decided that we would rather drive along the river and find something to paint.
While driving by an old 1800s grain mill, Samuel suggested that we stop there. While looking around, about 10 artists parked and began setting up their easels in the area. It was a good sign that this was a good place to paint.
We had stumbled into Ty Hodanish’s Art Colony. Ty is a native of Bucks county and accomplished painter. We had the opportunity to meet him while he taught a plein air class. In fact, he was very interested getting one of my new plein air easels by artwork essentials Halfway through my painting, it rained.
I continued to paint in pouring rain, and when the rain finally stopped, I was aggrevated with the progress of the painting, so I wiped the panel clean. I was not going to leave the site without a painting, so I started a new painting…and it rained AGAIN! After perseverence, I had a nice painting to show for the afternoon.
Further down the road, we stopped in Frenchtown for some coffee. (Yes, I have fallen off the no caffeine wagon!) Walking through the small river town, Samuel and I were both attracted by the artwork displayed in the window at the Netherfield Gallery.
We went inside and were pleased to meet Jessie Krausse, the owner of the gallery…and artist of the work we admired! Inside, she had one of the most beautiful paintings I have ever seen. I can’t remember the title, but it was a riverscene painted in orange, and had a sun dancing in the sky…you will have to visit her gallery and see it for yourself!
We continued along the Delaware river, and stopped at a park that was picture perfect.
It was an old canal lock, with a stone arched bridge built in 1829, and a magnificent view of the river bending around a curve. Samuel and I both found spots to paint. After less than an hour of painting, the skies opened again, and it started raining. There was pretty much one cloud in the sky, and it kept dumping on me every time I tried to paint! Plein Air painting never felt so much like an endurance sport!
After a very plesant drive, we reached the Interstate, and started our drive through New York City. I agreed to drive, and Samuel navigated. We slipped through the top of Manhattan, and across Long Island with very little problem. The stars were aligned just right!
At Montauk, we slept in, and then had breakfast at Mr. John’s Pancake House before setting up for the art show.
I followed a trail that led to the rocky shore with a great view of the lighthouse.
The painting came out well, so I painted another smaller picture of the lighthouse from a different view before returning to the apartment.