(From top left, clockwise: sketches from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont)
The main purpose of my my trip to New England in September 2006 was to take a 5 day Pastel Workshop with Sally Strand on "The Colour of Light" (see Making A Mark - The best ever workshop - pastel painting with Sally Strand). This meant that my first week (11-15 September) was spent on Cape Cod - based in Chatham.
As I was in New England, I decided that this was the most wonderful opportunity to see as much of New England as I could within the usual constraints of time, budget and the different locations of people I knew. It makes such a difference when you travel to the home areas of people you know. I always get a much better understanding of a place when I do.
My main base was the Massachusetts countryside, northwest of Boston, with my cousin and her husband. As it turned out it couldn't have been better positioned for my different trips. Consequently I was able to see a bit of Massachusetts on the first and second weekends either side of the workshop.
Then in the second week I travelled to see Nicole Caulfield in New Hampshire and Bert Dodson in Vermont before travelling on the Wednesday across to Maine where I spent the next five days visiting with Kathy Ellis and her husband, before returning via Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
This trip seems to be completely swamped by animals from start to finish. It's got four moggies and a miniature poodle in Massachusetts, two Labradors in Vermont and three more Labradors in Maine. I even acted as the midwife at the birth of a new blog about Labs!
The itinerary went something like this:
- Saturday 9th September - "Concord and Caufield" Nicole's Birthday and a visit to the Concord Museum, Massachusetts, the North Bridge and the Alcott House (photos only)
- Sunday 10th September - "Cape Cod National Seashore" (2 sketches of Nauset Light and path down to Nauset Beach and 1 sketch at dinner)
- w/c 11th September - "More sketching at mealtime" Squires, Chatham (1 sketch) and breakfast (1 sketch)
- Sunday 17th September - "Rocky Neck and Rockport, Massachusetts" (3 sketches) A visit to Rocky Neck, the oldest working art colony in the USA and Rockport.
- Monday 18th September - "Apple orchards, maples and a chocolatier" (2 sketches) Apple picking in New Hampshire orchards with Nicole and Lizzie followed by lunch at the chocolatier in Walpole
- Tuesday 19th September - "The grass is greener in Vermont" (1 sketch) my visit with Bert Dodson in his studio. How much nerve does it take to sketch a man who writes books about drawing!
- Wednesday 20th September - "A friendly warning from the local police" (1 sketch and 1 drawing) What happens when you try to sketch a covered bridge
- Thursday 21st September - "In the footsteps of Winslow Homer - nearly" (3 sketches) Massacre Pond, Scarborough beach and Lake Sebago, plus a tour of Portland in the evening
- Friday 22nd September - "Pemaquid Light - from top to bottom" (2 sketches) One minute I'm trying to peer at a lighthouse through throngs of people and the next minute there's an eerie silence until the wave breaks................
- Saturday 23rd September - "The Farnsworth, the Wyeths and the rain" (2 sketches) A trip to Rockland to the Farnsworth Art Museum and Wyeth centre and an awful lot of rain.......
- Sunday 24th September - "The Interior of the Quaker B&B" (2 sketches) I stayed in a historic building and slept in a room with original stenciling by Moses Eaton Junior
- Monday 25th September - "Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Strawberry Bank"
- Tuesday 26th September "A trip to Harvard Yard and the airport" (1 sketch) - a report on art shop, a visit to "Under Cover" at the Fogg Art Museum (the report on "Under Cover" the exhibition of artists' sketchbooks is in my other blog Making a Mark) and the delights of driving across Boston avoiding the "Big Dig"!
The last sketch - at Logan Airport (note the wifi laptops!)
8" x 10", pen and sepia ink and coloured pencils in Moleksine sketchbook
copyright Katherine Tyrrell
I'd like to offer a very big thank you to all the people who offered me hospitality - and most especially my cousin who had her washing machine and dryer on overtime for me on two weekends on the trot and my mother who got up very early two mornings to ferry me to and from the airport and provided a mother-substitute services for my two cats!
Besides the links to posts for individual days (see below), you can now also see galleries of my sketches done while on my travels in New England on my website
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