Friday, April 20, 2012

The Dock at the Lake

 11x14 - pastel on Richeson Board

Last weekend I was at the quilting weekend at the Minnebrook Conference Center on Blue Mountain Lake, in the Adirondacks of New York.  I spent most of Saturday trying to finish a quilt I started in January for my 21 year old grandson.  It's all large colorful blocks - the design is called "Tokyo" and it does remind one of Japan.  In the afternoon, it got to almost 70 degrees and I had to go and paint.  The loons were back and  calling each other, I was sitting on a covered dock overlooking the water and this dock was across the lake.   These moments are why I love it here so much.

Friday, April 6, 2012

"Forsythias in Bloom"

12x16 - pastel on Richeson Board

We might be having 40 degree weather, but three hours south of us, in Woodstock, NY, it's spring!  We went down to visit with our daughter's family last week and so many spring flowers were blooming.  The forsythias were marvelous, lining all the small roads surrounding the town.  I, of course, couldn't stop taking photos of them.  This barn is part of an old mill, about a quarter mile from the center of Woodstock.  It's lovely, even with snow, but the yellow blossoms took my breath away.