Hands down, this has been the coldest, snowiest winter for Columbia County in years. When I was handed the $3,000.00 bill from my plumber for the repairs to my frozen heating pipes, the sore back I received from shoveling the snow off my driveway and from my roof, I have to admit to having felt a twinge of envy toward those fortunate enough to be able to fly south. However, despite the cold and discomfort, winter in the northeast is really beautiful as this new painting of Warren Street, entitled “Wintry Walk”, shows. When putting together the images for the 2014 Warren Street calendar, I discovered that I didn’t have one snow scene. There were winter scenes, but there was just no snow. Well, this year dramatically changed all of that, So, I thought I should take advantage. In fact, I enjoyed painting it so much, I have in mind doing more. It really excites me when I am able to show the beauty of something that otherwise might be considered ordinary, sad or even depressing. I guess it’s my way of conquering the negative.
Since I have discovered how much I love rainy days, I have decided to do a series of paintings depicting rain. I think, for the most part, I will keep with scenes of Warren Street Hudson, so it will actually be a series within a series. This first one is simply entitled “Rain #1 and will be added to the growing list of images for the upcoming 2015 Hudson Warren Street calendar.
Back in August of 2012, my friend Tom Polapink tipped me off that the Olde Rhinebeck Aerodrome was offering artist’s and photographers free admission for one weekend to take pictures, sketch or paint from the airplanes of this amazing museum where history comes to life. Having seen the show there many times, and being a lover of aviation, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Well, I think you can see why. Here is the results. Some of the aircraft here go back to aviation’s golden age before WWI and Olde Rhinebeck may be the only place in the world where you can actually see them fly.