Saturday, May 23, 2009

Hudson River from Olana

Hudson River from Olana
Original 30" x 40" x 0.75" painting
Golden, Liquitex, and Chroma acrylics on gallery-wrapped canvas

As we celebrate the Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to post some paintings from the archives that celebrate our great nation. This piece depicts the Catskill mountains from Olana, the estate of Frederic Church, of the Hudson River School of painters, located in upstate New York. The Hudson River School flourished between the mid-1830s and the mid-1870s. Its subject matter is often landscapes from the Hudson River valley, the Catskills, the Adirondacks, and the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Church's Home at Olana State Historic Site

Church designed the landscape and his Persian style home on and around the same hilltop where, as an eighteen year old student, he sketched spectacular views of the Catskills and the river alongside his mentor Thomas Cole.

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Photo of Church home and portions of this post are courtesy of the Olana State Historic Site web site.

Quote of the Day
"Life has got a habit of not standing hitched. You got to ride it like you find it. You got to change with it. If a day goes by that don't change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like trying to milk a dead cow." --Woody Guthrie