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Kaaterskill Falls, Hudson River School, and Bad Parents

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Kaaterskill Falls - view with Dog

Thomas Cole - Falls of the Kaaterskill - 1820

Thomas Cole – 1820

While touring eastern New York I was able to visit both the top and bottom of the Kaaterskill Falls. I had known the falls to be a anchor scene of the Hudson River School of landscape painters from the 1800’s. 300 ft up and a half mile in: I was at the lower pools in early August. It was a nice steady rocky walkto the fall’s base – lead all the way by an eager city dog loving all the goings-on along the trail.


Risky Ledge - Kaaterskill Falls, NYWatching folks wading in the pools and moving about the spray, I was surprised to see a number of children up on the fall’s ledges. Saw this one child posing (in fear) at the edge and opined out loud that “it looks like some parents are sponsoring their own Darwin Award Nominations.” The woman with the camera next to me said nothing: not then, or when I saw her with her husband and this child in the parking lot as I was leaving. So at least I know the little girl made it down safely. With three decades of annual fatalities about these falls, and with posted signs so stating, I believe this father is an idiot, and mom probably agreed with my assessment of his antics.


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01 Sep 12 at 01:16

Bronze Castle

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Another month – another castle in the gallery. I’ve painted and etched a few landscapes; printed and sculpted some angels, mermaids, flora, and figures; but just two architectural pieces. Since the Pitfichie Castle etching was well received in July, this month I offered a bronze that I had originally cast for my mother of the “Hurry Castle” – a structure that we had visited many years ago.
With a new juror and a sculptural theme for August – Pitfichie made the “Shape of Things” Show and has now been represented for the second month in a row in the Alexandria Art League’s Members Show.
I hope there’s room for other themes (as I’ve exhausted the fortified house) – maybe a stone circle in the mist, pixies in the heather, or mermaids in the loch? Back to the studio…or maybe Scotland.

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07 Aug 12 at 00:22

Pitfichie Castle: Etching

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Etching - Pitfichie Castle in WinterThis year was slated to invite new art efforts and adventures. Last week, a landscape etching I had printed several years ago was accepted into the July juried member’s show at The Art League’s gallery in Alexandria, Virginia. My second exhibition submission, first selection. Might be a tough act to follow, but it is stimulating and encouraging.

Pitfichie is a restored fortified manor house located about 20 miles west of Aberdeen Scotland. It was built in the 16th century by distant relatives, and then lost to the vagaries of Scottish politics and conflicts after three or four decades. I’ve visited Monymusk  and the castle several times, walked the forests on the banks of the river Don, and toured the local distilleries. This etching (with aquatint) is the first print of a series of twelve showing the castle’s surrounding winter landscape from the northeast.

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10 Jul 12 at 23:05

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