Saturday, February 28, 2009


the rain came & went...the landscape is kind of blah from my window

Friday, February 27, 2009


came upon this scene as I was driving up the Catskill Mountain yesterday, about 6pm...beautiful crescent moon & venus rising against the western urgency to record it this morning, 'cause I may not see it again

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


wow, what a brilliant sunny day....this must be the first time this winter I can actually feel the heat from the sun, great evening for star gazing

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


winter might be long & bleak, but the amazing sunsets make up for it....another winter sunset from yesterday...

Sunday, February 22, 2009


whenever I pass thru MA, I make it a point to stop at Great Barrington, MA  to stock up on bread from Berkshire Mountain Bakery, for their sour dough bread...with so much bread, I made cheddar-bacon wake-up casserole this morning, simple but a nice sunday treat with bread, shredded cheddar cheese, a little crisp-cooked bacon, & 2 cups milk with 4 eggs...the trick is to soak it overnight...bake 35o for 30 minutes

Saturday, February 21, 2009


yet another blustery winter's day yesterday, took a ride out to Williamstown, MA to catch the Toulouse Lautrec and Paris exhibit at The his work since my college days...The Clark always puts on interesting & unusual show, not a bad way to pass a winter's day

Thursday, February 19, 2009


another day of uninterrupted solitude...snow shower forcast has turn into a few inches of snow...thank goodness I have my valentine's day flowers to inspire me...this small sketch has turn into a very finish pastel

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


after a few sunny days, all the snow on the pond has turn into a nice skating soon as I put on my skates this morning, the wind & clouds are bringing in more snow....long winter teaches one about living the moment

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


another clear night of million stars...nothing is as bright as Venus on the western horizon, Venus has been brilliant this winter...I can practically see my shadow on the white snow...I will definately miss  not seeing it while I'm doing dishes in the evening...Venus only shine this bright every 3 years

Monday, February 16, 2009


this might be the last time I see the  moon sets over the snowy fields till next winter...the position of the setting moon on the western horizon has shifted alot

Sunday, February 15, 2009


being on the road so often, I've gotten to come across many interesting side trips...Battenfield's Hybrid Anemones in Red Hook is a great stop for any flower lover....from May to September, the greenhouses on the property harvest app. 7,000 anemones every other day....they are wholesalers, but one can get the best anemones by stopping at their self-serve store...definately a bright spot to get thru these long winter site

Saturday, February 14, 2009


living in a ski area, I've gone in & out of ski shops, as ski shop goes, Mt Otsego Ski Shop is as quaint as it gets, it's on the backroads of Cooperstown, NY, the owner was most helpful...if one wants picturesque village, cruising around Cooperstown is delightful

Thursday, February 12, 2009


out of luck...the frozen tundra was starting to's back to blustery, windy, snowy, icy kind of day in the mountain

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


the full moon was pretty bright when I got home yesterday..the moon rise over the silent fields, casting shadows in shades of ebony....this combination of full moon & snow only happens in January & February...pure magic

Thursday, February 5, 2009


way too cold to get out of bed this morning, spend the morning sketching in bed before the house warms up...splendid vistas of mountains & rolling hills make for inspiring subject matter....packing up for a warmer road trip

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


another frigid day, not a cloud in sight...SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE finally came to our local theater, art film does not stay long...I can see why it's nominated for best picture of the year...I hope it wins, a really well made film can transform & inform....that's the magic of film...the world would be a very boring place if they never invented film making..the color & texture of India is a stark contrast to a february day in the mountain

Tuesday, February 3, 2009


an average day in february: dark,damp,frigid & bad light...makes it harder to see what I'm painting

Monday, February 2, 2009


spend Sunday at Brovetto Diary at Harpersfield, NY, for a cheese making class....a nice winter diversion with some interesting people, our biggest thing in common is's alot of standing around & waiting...perfect opportunity for some quick sketches