This is the first of many more landscape paintings I'll make this year. Painted on Tuesday (4/20/05) at Olana, near Hudson NY. Olana was Frederic Church's estate (from the Hudson River School painter's group). Church designed and built his fanciful Persian-influenced studio/estate himself. The most incredible thing is that the house, its contents AND the view/landscape is pretty much the same as it was when Church was there.
About a three hour study.
I was painting close to where you see a couple having lunch.