July 2, 2012

Plein-Air Paintout, Walkway over the Hudson

My completed painting, oil on panel

On Saturday of this past weekend, I participated in the Barrett Art Center‘s annual plein-air paint out and auction. The benefit was for the Barrett Art Center and the Walkway over the Hudson Park.

The Walkway is the result of the community’s efforts to preserve the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge, an old railroad bridge from 1888, crossing the Hudson River at 212 feet above the river. It was built at that height to not interrupt the flow of river traffic which in those days still contained ships with tall masts. Today, the Walkway attracts people to take in the views of the Hudson as they walk, jog or bike-ride.

At about 8:30 am, I set-up near the Poughkeepsie side of the bridge and found a view of the Little Italy section with the river and Mid-Hudson bridge in the background. The Walkway was dotted every so often with artists working on their pieces. It was hot but there was a good breeze every now and then. The Walkway staff had a sign out for dog-walkers that the ground temperature was 100º. I was prepared with several frozen bottles of water. I wrapped things up at about noon ready for lunch and some a/c.

Below are some shots from the day, taken by cellphone camera as I forgot to pack a decent camera. I never got a good shot of my painting either before it was sold.

My setup on the Walkway over the Hudson.
View of Poughkeepsie’s Little Italy section and the Mid-Hudson Bridge in the distance.
Hard at work beneath an umbrella designed to diffuse the sunlight hitting the wet oil paint on my panel and eliminate glare. Oh, it provides some shade too! My sons are beside me working on their own interpretations.
Chuck Fulkerson’s watercolor painting. Chuck was setup just behind me and included me in his composition.