Like a stained-glass cathedral it was
Back from a solidly inspiring long weekend with wondrous artists- Cindy House, James Coe, Julie Zickefoose, Mike DiGiorgio and Barry Van Dusen– in beautiful New Hampshire, with lots of fresh air, brilliant foliage and discussions of what we do and why we do it. We somehow nailed down the perfect weekend for fall color and weather. The awesome pastel artist Cindy hosted the gathering at her 1790-built house in the woods of Sutton, and we enjoyed hikes, a walk in a cranberry bog (“why, what’s that little round red thing sitting all alone on the moss? A cranberry? No way!”), some fresh ocean air at Plum Island watching gannets and eiders on and over the waves (Cindy illustrated the waterfowl plates for the National Geographic Field Guide to North American Birds, so we were in capable hands). There was a show-and-tell day with comments and critiques, we sketched wild turkeys at the feeders, paid a visit to the Banks Gallery in Portsmouth (or was it New London?) where Cindy and Jim exhibit their work; there was comedy and morning coffee on the deck, and vast amounts of inspiration spread around. I came home with a head full of ideas and new directions for my work, and it’s back to the drawing board, literally.
A wild cranberry on the hoof
Deep retinal burns can be avoided by not looking directly at this tree
Barry Van Dusen (left) ponders the latest plein air canvas by Jim Coe (right)
Sketchin’ with Mike DiGiorgio and Barry Van Dusen
Julie takes a call
A backyard bird
Cindy’s pastel collection- one of every color known to man
A quiet moment at Cindy’s pond.