Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Painting New England - Preserving the Landscape Stowe Vermont

On Friday February 12th from 3-5pm, we will hold a kick-off in Stowe Vermont at the beautiful Green Mountain Inn. We will have some recent paintings of Stowe as well as other parts of the Lamoille County on view and for sale.  Thirty percent of painting sales will go back to the Stowe Land Trust.

We are doing this event with the Stowe Land Trust  and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to visit and paint some of the land that they have been able to preserve through their great efforts. Their web site is pretty special and well worth taking a good look at.

During our most recent visit to Stowe, we spent a long weekend of winter painting and were blessed with a mix of sun and clouds and therefore a lot of good drama in the mountains. As plein air painters this was exciting stuff and a nice challenge too. We had some great painting time together and also found some time inbetween paintings to gather some reference material.

We stayed at the Stowe Motel, which we really have to give kudos to, as they provided nice accomodations at a most reasonable rate. Our room was an efficiency which gave us the opportunity to make our own meals. After the five hour drive, which seemed rather short when compared to a fairly recent drive to Colorado, we saw a Mexican restaurant across the street which looked like a good place to get some late dinner. We shared some great tasting ribs and had a bit of sangria too.

We ended our excursion with a stop at The Ben & Jerry's Factory for some of that amazing ice cream. You just can't visit Stowe and not have that on your list of places to visit. We will paint in Stowe one more time before this event and probably say to each other what we always say when we are in the Green Mountains 'We should live here in the winter' !