This week: A Trip to a Historic Painting Spot

I hope you had a great week !

Last week was another gorgeous fall week. There were no hurricanes in sight and we had perfect, warm days with chilly nights. And still no frost in our neighborhood so the flowers are all in bloom!

This past week we were on a road trip for a few days of work and painting in western Massachusetts. I grew up in Northampton, a college town on the Connecticut River. This area is rich in history and a variety of subject matter, from early New England towns, farms, woodlands and river valleys to old mountain ranges. Many years ago a view of this valley was painted by the founder of the Hudson River Painters. Thomas Cole painted a famous painting of the Oxbow at Northampton.

I’ve always liked the expansive area of fields down by the Connecticut river so when Marcus’ concert was over, we drove down into the meadows along the Oxbow. It was peaceful and quiet with just the sounds of birds and the distant cars on the highway that winds its way south across the mountain range. It was the view of this pastoral farm land in Northampton from Mount Holyoke, that inspired Cole to paint his picture.

When we headed out into the network of dirt roads that traverse the meadows I was looking for a spot I had painted previously ten years ago. There aren’t many changes in the meadows but it was hard to find the same road I traveled before as they wind around and in and out of thickets and swamps. After looking a bit I decided to use the precious hours of sunlight wisely and choose a location where I could see most of the Mount Tom range as a backdrop to the open fields.

A single lane dirt road cut through the fields toward the mountains with a hedgerow full of birds on one side and open fields on the other. It was beautiful. I painted till sunset. It was so peaceful out there. Deer came out into the field at sunset to graze. The mountain range lit up with a golden reddish light as the sun went down. Geese heading south flew over head in a big V formation as I painted the last rays of light on the trees. It was a perfect evening.

I hope you get outside to paint this week so you too can spend some time surrounded by the beauty and peace of nature.

You are invited !

NOVEMBER 3rd ~ 5th
THE CRANE ESTATE ART SHOW & SALE
The Crane Estate, 290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA

DECEMBER 5th ~ JAN 15th
HOLIDAY & WINTER SHOW
Wylers,150 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME

AUTUMN PLEIN AIR CLASS !
PLEIN AIR CLASS ~  Meets Tuesdays 2-5pm
Let me know if you’d like to join us !

NEW:
~ 6 WEEK STUDIO CLASS FOR OIL, ACRYLIC & GOUACHE
~ BEGINNERS TO INTERMEDIATE PAINTERS
~ STARTING OCTOBER 17TH IN YORK, MAINE  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

NEW ONLINE eCOURSE COMING SOON!
Yes, we are organizing for the pre-launch!

I am launching a new online landscape & plein air painting course.

Preview videos will be posted on Facebook & Instagram & Youtube pages.

COMING SOON
* Video: How you start a painting determines your success
* Video: How to make solid design decisions

PHOTO Credits:
Mary Byrom

MY NEWEST PAINTINGS are on display at:
A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words, Exeter, NH
Kennedy Gallery, Portsmouth, NH
Mast Cove Galleries. Kennebunkport, Maine
Beachmere Inn on the Marginal Way! You are welcome to visit and see them in the bistro. Available for purchase at the Inn.

NEW PRINTS OF NEW WORKS ARE AVAILABLE HERE!

Warmly,
Mary

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