Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Autumn Morning at J. Alden Weir Farm

8"x10" oil on Belgian linen mounted on archival panel

"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday was the most delightful day of painting. The Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society planned to meet up at the J. Alden Weir Farm over in Branchville, CT - which is a part of the National Park Service!

"In June of 1882, painter J. Alden Weir boarded a train from New York bound for his modest farm among the hills of Branchville, CT. Once here, Weir and his family transformed their summer retreat into a creative refuge for friends and fellow artists. After Weir, artists Mahonri Young and Sperry Andrews lived and worked here, continuing the legacy of artistic expression that still inspires today."(from the website)

One of best parts of the day (besides getting to paint there) was the tour that the park ranger offered to us as special guests of the park. The home and studio are closed to the public as they are currently under renovation.....but we were allowed to go in and see!. What a treat. She also shared much of the history of Weir and his family and friends. Definitely worth a visit, and I'm looking forward to going back!

Following the tour, we returned from Weir's studio back to the Burlingham House (which was where his youngest daughter eventually lived), I spotted the light coming through the golden trees and knew this would be my first painting here on this location.

What I'm finding truly wonderful as I study more about Weir, is that we today, can go back and stand in some of these same places where he stood to paint. The rocks are still there, the trees are much larger, and many of the pastures have grown in, but so much is exactly the same. What a wonderful welcoming feeling for a painter!

For more information about this painting, or my visit to the Weir Farm, contact me here.

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Blogger laine lea said...

roxanne, I found your blog through Vicki Shuck and have so enjoyed viewing your colorful and peaceful! Id love to share links if youd be intereseted?

October 13, 2011 at 5:29 PM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Hi Laine! Yes, I'd love to share blog links! I enjoyed getting to view through your blog, too! Love palette knife works AND - all the neat art works you're teaching all those kids- it is really inspiring see them! (I will try to post it in there tonight...I'm packing to head out of town for a funeral tomorrow morning)....

October 13, 2011 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Roxanne Steed said...

Got it! it was easier than I thought! I'm hoping to update this blog one of these days- I am probably the only person left using the OLD blogger!!

October 13, 2011 at 6:04 PM  

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