Tag Archives: Olana

Stretching the limits

Encaustic uses hot wax as the paint binder instead of linseed oil. It can be lovely and mysterious, but with its warmers and pots it’s hardly portable. When I heard that an artist was using it en plein air at Olana, I had to go look. Maria Kolodziej-Zincio visited Poland several years ago. Members of her […]

You gotta show up

When an auction is going badly—as it did on Saturday—my sympathies go to the organizers. For many of these organizations, the event represents the culmination of months of work, and the proceeds represent a big chunk of their budget. Yes, we artists can grumble about losing three days from our schedules, but unless nobody shows […]

Of bees and bandages

While this is my first time participating in Olana Plein Air, I’ve painted at the site several times. Usually, it’s a choice of painting well or chatting with friends I seldom see. Since yesterday dawned misty and grey, I figured it was the perfect time to catch up with my pals. Oddly enough, for as much as […]

Is it time to panic?

Yesterday morning I left for Plein Air Olana, at Frederic Church’s estate on the Hudson River. I usually post my blog early in the morning, but the Bangor Daily News blog feed was glitching. No problem, I thought, and drove as far as McDonald’s in Brunswick, where I bought a dollar coffee and used their internet to publish. […]

Painting with pals (part 1)

Part of the joy of painting outdoors is running into friends at plein air events. I’ll be at Olana Plein Air from July 9 to 11. The event itself is a new one for me, but I’ve painted at Frederic Edwin Church’s Moorish villa overlooking the Hudson many times. I’ve done Rye’s Painters on Location […]