Archive for January, 2011
We had the pleasure of meeting Phyllis last year at the Knickerbocker Ice Festival (if you didn’t catch my blog then, you may want to check it out now). We had an instant connection. Phyllis’ passion for painting and painting here in the Hudson Valley (which we all know I’m so passionate about!), probably made it inevitable for us to connect. I am very happy to say that we’ve stayed in touch throughout the year since we met, one year ago this month. We’ve exchanged holiday cards and learned a little about each other’s lives.
The more we have gotten to know each, the more we have discovered that we both have visited and/or have a love for particular areas here in the Hudson Valley. Phyllis has many pieces in her Hudson Valley collection. Many of the paintings are scenes from the lower Hudson Valley & Hudson Highlands region. Like me, Phyllis says she finds herself heading West toward the Hudson River (which we all know how very special the river is to me) and up into the very dramatic landscape of the Hudson Highlands. Just as traveling in and around this beautiful Hudson Valley always makes me smile, Phyllis too says capturing the colors and sights of the valley lift her spirits and she finds happiness in being able to share with others through her paintings.
Oh and if you live in or near, or just love Larchmont, NY you may want to check our Phyllis’ collection titled Manor Park. As Phyllis describes it, “…Manor Park in Larchmont, NY is a charming little park located on the shores of the Long Island Sound. Its distinctive gazebos and wonderful rocky outcroppings have given me pleasure throughout the years since I discovered the park as a young girl. I’ve been painting small watercolors of the various views through the years and have also chosen two of my watercolors to publish as limited edition giclee prints.”
In addition to prints and originals, Phyllis offers a boxed set of 6 assorted cards of Manor Park scenes. Call 914 428-1224 or email Phyllis to order.
Phyllis has been working professionally as an artist since the early 80′s, first entering the world of art as a commercial artist and illustrator and gradually turned toward portraiture and fine art. My honey and I are considering a portrait of us from this past year as we just celebrated 5 years together!
While commissioned portraits continue to be a part of her work, Phyllis has found oil landscapes have become central to her body of work and have captured her heart & attention!
Phyllis feels that the variety of locations, atmospheric effects, changing seasons and climate present such endless possibilities that she now understands how her love of the landscape continues to feed her senses while at the same time challenge her abilities as an artist.
Phyllis paints in oil en plein air (artists lingo meaning “on location”) as well as in her Hartsdale, NY, studio where she will often finish a painting started on location but also paint new subjects using plein air sketches and photos taken with her digital camera as reference.
Can it be…can it be that I have written since October? Yikes! Can it be that 2010 is gone-it went too fast! Can it be that we are ushering in a new year already-wait it’s happening all too fast! So I need to play a little quick catch-up here…below you’ll hopefully get a better understanding of why and how much we love Plymouth, MA. Remember we accidently found our way there back in the summer when thanks to hurricane Earl our vacation to St. Thomas was rudely interrupted. Because we fell in love we Plymouth we were eager and excited to go back this past fall and take part in their annual Thanksgiving Celebration….hopefully after you read this and browse through some of our pictures you too will want to visit and perhaps attend their celebration this year!
In November we went back to Plymouth, MA for their 15th Annual America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration and loved it! We already established that we LOVE Plymouth so I’m not sure if it was the Thanksgiving Celebration or simply the fact that we were back in Plymouth that made our weekend so special!
Rand McNally rates Plymouth’s Annual America’s Hometown Thanksgiving Celebration #1 in “unique ways to celebrate America’s Thanksgiving.” The weekend long celebration was kicked-off by a great concert held on Plymouth Memorial Hall on Friday night. We were treated to great performances by the American Originals Fife & Drum Corps followed by a spectacular concert performed by the Air Force’s Tops In Blue; the Air Force’s premier entertainment show.
We were thrilled to be among the 175,000 people at the parade on November 20th. The annual event is billed as the second largest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the country, according to event organizers. A special treat this year was for the first time in recent memory, a C-5B from Westover performed a flyover at a parade.
The aircraft carried 200,000 pounds of cargo on a mission bound for a base in the Midwest. But first, it flew a “positioning leg” up the Plymouth, Mass., coastline to the delight of all us attending the parade.
While an Army National Guard unit shot large-caliber blanks next to Plymouth Rock and in sight of the Mayflower replica, Mayflower II, the C-5 banked and headed west out of sight.
From the concerts to various events & activities such as the Thanksgiving Parade, America’s Hometown Historic Village – New England Food Festival – Crafter’s Pavilion – Wampanoag Educational Pavilion by Plymouth Plantation and more all taking place at the Waterfront Park it made for a spectacular weekend, one I’m grateful we had a chance to attend! I would strongly encourage you to consider attending this year’s celebration – trust me, you’ll be glad you did. And remember, if you need a great place to stay, call Sandy at http://thorntonadams.com/ B&B. Sandy’s warm hospitality will welcome you from the minute you meet her. Her smile is inviting, her home is comfortable and her sincerity is refreshing. Sandy’s charm, and holiday decor will bring a smile to your face! Oh and bring your appetite because her breakfasts are totally over-the-top delicious!