The little hamlet of Garrison's Landing consists of a handful of homes and buildings, the Garrison Art Center, a yacht club, and the adorable old station made famous in the Hello Dolly movie. The area lies right along the Hudson at a particularly lovely point.
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This area is different from many of the other scenes that I have painted along the Hudson from a high spot along the cliffs or which focus on the more dramatic masses of land that loom up along its banks. Instead the view here is of a serene, wide stretch with rolling banks and small mountains that move back in space one behind the other. A great place to study atmospheric perspective since it's so easy to see the changing colors and values of the masses as they recede.
I think that I could paint 50 paintings of this area and not lose my enthusiasm for painting it. This stretch of the Hudson is right across from West Point's imposing mass of buildings, but all you have to do is turn South and you see a decidely different scene. The skies here are often very beautiful at sunset and sundown and that has become my favorite time for capturing them and recording the colors of the land and water.
This painting, along with two others of mine and a number of small, unframed, matted pieces will be on view at ArtShow:Bedford over the weekend--a fund-raiser for the benefit of local charities. Details about hours and location are posted in my Events Section.