Just a few weeks ago we returned to our Arizona home , after having visited NY state's Hudson Valley area. The main purpose was to re-connect with dear friends and family. It was wonderful to be with special people, and to see for ourselves that all is well.
Some of the special memories are watching the gorgeous " ponies" race in Saratoga, a private evening boat ride on the Hudson River, dinner out on a hometown ( Rosendale ) street where a movie was being made, going out painting with a good friend in a charming garden, ( the first image, " Magenta Corner " was from our outing), visiting NYC and seeing the beautifully restored Sorolla murals ... ( not to be missed, by the way- check out
http://www.hispanicsociety.org/ ) and a twilight in a friend's garden that felt like being in
"A Midsummer Night's Dream".
And oh yeah...I taught a workshop, too! The second image is a demo I did for the class.
What could be better than going out to a picturesque location, working " en plein air", and sharing some of the knowledge I've accumulated over the years ? The workshop was small, but that meant that I got to paint alongside of my talented students. It's always an honor to teach at the historic Woodstock School of Art.
I had been longing to re-visit , and really missed the 19th century ( and earlier) streets, the richly varied farmer's stands, the lush gardens, and the emerald woods.
I forgot about the humidity.
It's awfully high. It's steamy, it's dank, it's more than damp...
Anyone that knows the area, is aware that is all I need to say about that.
Steamy greens and all, it was a great trip.