Saturday, July 11, 2009
Memories of Autumns Past
This is a painting done several years ago from a snapshot I took one autumn while visiting my family in Vermont. The scene is in the "Northeast Kingdom" near the Canadian border. That day my friend and neighbor, Pam, and I were headed to Montreal. This lovely scene beside the road caught our attention. The colors were breathtakingly beautiful. A friend purchased this painting at my Open Studio for his wife for her birthday.
The "Northeast Kingdom" is the most rural part of the tiny state of Vermont and the term was coined by a famous Senator, George Aiken, who served in the US Senate for many years. The name is now forever associated with the area. My son, Jeff, and family live in the Kingdom. Howard Frank Mosher is a well-known author in that area and really captures the independent, and sometimes quirky, nature of the people who reside there. I now drop into the tiny bookstore, Green Mountain Books and Prints in Lyndonville, on my visits. The place is crammed to the ceiling with new and used books. I always buy a Mosher book. No Barnes and Noble in the Kingdom -- they couldn't survive on its modest population (621,270 in the entire state). I always check the used art books. One time I purchased a wonderful book on Andrew Wyeth for very few dollars. I always feel like I've stepped through the doors into a piece of Americana.