Thursday, September 20, 2018

Sacandaga Park

"Sacandaga Park"
12x24 acrylic on stretched canvas
Email me if interested in this piece

This is another painting done from a vintage postcard. This is the entrance to an area called "Sacandaga Park."

Sacandaga Park was once known as the Coney Island of the North (1880 - 1930) and was located across the river from the Village of Northville in NY state. Numerous hotels, Inns, cottages, sports events & amusements were available for those who made the trek for vacation. The history of the area is abundant! Unfortunately, most of the hotels & inns were destroyed (fire, water, changing times). As the times changed, and the people stopped visiting, the events & amusements ended. 

Some of the individual homes/cottages still exist today & are used every summer by families who pass these "camps" down to the next generation. 

For anyone interested in the history, here is one of many links that can found online:

And here is the original postcard image, postmarked 1906:

Thursday, August 23, 2018

LaGrange Road, Virgin Islands

"LaGrange Road" - St. Croix
9 x 12 acrylic on canvas
Available through DPW gallery/auction

The Virtual Paintout is back!!!

I am happy, no thrilled, that the VPO monthly challenge is active again. It was one of my favorite challenges! For those of you not familiar with VPO - it is a monthly challenge using Google street maps to explore & paint from. Each month, a new location is chosen by Bill (VPO admin). As artists, we roam the location, traveling up/down streets. Choosing a location can be difficult - some areas, like this month's Virgin Islands, offers so many options! 

Here are the links for the Virtual Paintout:

And here is the link to the original Google maps location for this:

This painting coincides with my recent "finding" of a landscape artist on youTube. Love watching his videos - instructive & interesting. Although he paints in oils, I was able to adapt some of this techniques to work with acrylics. I've given the link to one of his video's - check him out. 

Link to one of the youtube videos of artist Michael James Smith:

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


GSL - Great Sacandaga Lake, located in upstate NY. We visit there often and I am a member of the SVAN art group. (Sacandaga Valley Arts Network)

In addition to the ADK pieces, I did this GSL depicting a scene on the lake. This farm is a very well-known spot that can be seen from the lake. It gives everything a very rural, country scene - with the blue/green mountains behind, and the red farm buildings & silos out front. It is a working Dairy Farm in the area.

Monday, August 20, 2018


Ok, I have to admit, I am "hooked" on these wood letters! Here is the second "ADK" painting with a different Adirondack scene. I thought, since Fall is right around the corner, I will add the fall color to the image. After all, it will be time soon enough - for leaves changing colors, and apples for picking, and pumpkins for selecting!

I will be participating in "Art Trails" again this year, and plan to bring these with me. I will be onsite for 2 full days, painting - I'm planning to work on a larger image from the NY area that is inspired from another vintage postcard. But these smaller blocked paintings will be with my larger letters, along with cards and prints.


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