Saint-Gaudens Paint-Out

I consider myself fortunate to live near to two of New England’s small jewels in the National  Park Service. Both Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site are easily within reach. Saint-Gaudens in particular is a favorite location for my plein air group on a beautiful summer day.

We met there a few weeks ago and each one of us, although close in proximity, chose to sketch and paint a different view. I chose to sketch the Hermes sculpture standing along the edge of the garden, a particularly suitable spot for the god of transitions and boundaries.

As I started in I realized he wouldn’t fit on the page and I abandoned this page only to return to add the blooms and frame out what I had captured of dear Hermes.

Saint-GaudensNHS-1I fared better in my second attempt. Not only did he fit easily on the page, but I managed to capture his surroundings as well. By the end of this session I was quite hot from sitting in the sun, perfect timing to stop and see what my compatriots accomplished. Besides, it was time for lunch and I knew they would be off in search of nourishment.

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I got all the way back to my car before I remembered I hadn’t stamped the S-G National Park stamp in my journal. It’s become habit and I certainly didn’t want to break my streak. So… back I went. But the stamp wouldn’t easily fit on my previous pages and… I was getting a second-wind. After my landscape outing at VINS I was eager to try my paint only technique at capturing Ascutney Mountain.

Saint-GaudensNHS-3I’m quite happy with the range of values… getting my darks dark enough has always been a weakness.

But… still no place for the stamp! …just had to add another page to my day.

Saint-Gaudens7Saint-GaudensNHS-5Now there’s plenty of room for journaling and those coveted stamps.

Success… time to head home!

2 thoughts on “Saint-Gaudens Paint-Out

  1. Wonderful Dana! All of these are lovely, but four in one sitting? You were in your element. Hermes is so well rendered, esp. love that forward thigh, not that I would disect the lad… 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Bobbie! It’s the second wind… mine and the cool breeze that revived me. That and the fact that they went to lunch while I stayed on.

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