Tuesday, August 8, 2017

At the river’s edge:  Upstream, perhaps a connotation of flowing water, moving in one direction, always in motion, no matter what.  Sometimes currents are clear and gentle; at other times they may be turbid or irritated.  In November of 2016 when the latter happened NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) closed the Shandaken Tunnel due to muddy discharges into Esopus Creek.  DEC took this measure to protect spawning brown trout, and DEC prohibited fishing in the Esopus, below its junction with the Tunnel.

However, some anglers still yearned to fish, so they ventured upstream of the Tunnel, to continue enjoying the Esopus Creek where fishing was allowed. 

In his excellent book of angling stories--- At the River’s Edge, Jerry Kustich wrote the following, “And, above all, I will continue to follow the road that leads to water, because I believe---with all my heart--- that everything does make sense at the river’s edge.”

The watercolor below is at the river’s edge, looking upstream into the Esopus, behind the Shandaken Town Hall.


Monday, July 24, 2017

Recent watercolors:  Below are several recent watercolors, of several places forever changed in 2011 by Hurricane Irene.  Some of these images are now only burnt into the fabric of one’s mind, a digital Jpeg file, or perhaps the brushstrokes of an artist’s painting.

The Haunted House Pool is located on the West Branch of the Neversink at Frost Valley.  The logging bridge serves as a gateway to the Western Model Forest.  Sadly this pool is only a shadow of itself these days.

Haunted House Pool:

This U&D 30 bridge was built in the early 1900s, and at one time crossed the Esopus Creek downstream of NYC’s Five Arch Bridge and upstream of the Ashokan Reservoir and Chimney Hole.  Not only was it a favorite spot for anglers, but local high school students might sometimes be found jumping from it, into the cool waters of the Esopus Creek below.


White Pond dates back to c1990 and is located at Frost Valley YMCA.  It was dug out by the Ulster County Highway Department, in need of gravel to repair UC 47.  Its construction was a win-win for all involved as it soon became one of the finest wild brook trout ponds in all of the Catskills.  Hurricane Irene forever changed that.

White Pond summer:

Most of the upper reaches of the Neversink are heavily posted, however there is a very small parcel of NYS Forest Preserve to be found on the East Branch of the Neversink.  The landscape of the East Branch below was the outcome of a “plein air - date day”, where one individual painted while the other flyfished for trout.

Date day:

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Old landmarks:  The watercolors below portray old landmarks, no longer to be found.

The Keene Valley red barn was once located in the Adirondacks near the intersections of Routes 73 and 9N with a High Peaks backdrop.  It was built in the 1950s by Reginald Whitney and used to house cows.  In December of 2016 it was taken down by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation after being declared a hazard.

Keene Valley red barn (sold):

The Bush Kill pump house was once located in the Catskills in West Shokan, NY on the Bush Kill Creek, a tributary to the Ashokan Reservoir.  Hurricane Irene, an historic weather event that took its toll on the Esopus Creek river valley, carried away the old stone building.

Bush Kill pump house (Sold):

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A few more recent watercolors:  Below are some recent 9 x 12 watercolors depicting various Catskill scenes.

The first is Bendo Bridge, a wooden covered bridge built in 1860, located on Conklin Road that spans the upper Willowemoc Creek.

Bendo Bridge (DtC):

Next is a setting of the Big Indian-Oliverea river valley, headwaters of the Esopus Creek.

Oliverea Esopus (DtC):

Finally, a scene of a bald eagle winging over the Ashokan Reservoir with a Catskill backdrop.

Eagle over the Ashokan:

Commissioned pieces:  Some recent commissioned pieces. 

Home, 11x14 (Sold):

Jersey farmstead, 11x14 (Sold):

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Five Arch Bridge:  The Five Arch Bridge has served the local community for over one hundred years, and it has long been an Esopus Creek angling icon.  In The Well-Tempered Angler the late Arnold Gingrich recalls many stories about rainbow trout the size of salmon grilse, falling into an icy November river and breaking a new cane rod, all in the shadows of this historic landmark.

Plans are underway to replace this old bridge, often blamed for flooding in the local hamlet, with a new modern structure sometime by the year 2022.  Anglers will miss this piscatorial Esopus symbol, but it will never be forgotten.

Five Arch Bridge, Boiceville, NY, 11x14 (DtC):

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Watercolor:  Recently Lois started using a new medium: watercolor.  The watercolors below are all portrayed on 9 x 12 paper.

Brook trout, Rondout Creek (DtC):

The sawmill, Frost Valley YMCA:

Dividing weir, Ashokan Reservoir:

Sunset Rock, North-South Lake,

Mother's Pool, Phoenicia, NY,

Chimney Hole:

Biscuit Brook: