New England Sketchbook (2006)

Travels with a Sketchbook in New England (September 2006)

(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:
  • 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

MassachusettsNew Hampshire and VermontMaine

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