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:

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:


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Gertrude’s Nose:  The Shawangunk Mountains, or “Gunks” as they are called, consist of a ridge of white conglomerate rock, for the most part, that extends roughly from Kingston, New York south through Port Jervis.  The Gunks are rich in history and natural beauty.  Once inhabited by Lenape Indians, the region now attracts countless visitors every season of the year who hike, bike, and climb their rugged terrain.

One of the most famous cliffs, found within the confines of Minnewaska State Park, is known as Gertrude’s Nose.  The name is derived from the 1682 deed of Gertrude Bruyn, an early settler of Dutch descent.

Gertrude's Nose, 11x14:

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Straus barn:  Come the hot, dry summer months of July and August, there’s no place this angler would rather drift a dry fly than on the headwaters of the East Branch Neversink, deep in the center of Cecil Heacox’s Charmed Circle, a place some call Shangri-La.  If it were not for the efforts of Roger and Gladys Straus, this opportunity might not exist.

Wild brook trout still succumb to historic old wet fly patterns, like the Scarlet Ibis, in the shadows of the Straus barn along the sheltered banks of the East Branch Neversink.  The barn was a former sawmill, and according to the former caretaker of the Straus properties--- Mike Dean, the oldest continuous still standing structure in the Town of Denning.

The sawmill, 11x14: