Vermont Painting Residency

This is a good opportunity for me to paint. Away from responsibilities at home, and away from work and wonderful clients. I'm here to focus on PAINTING! A note for NEW blog viewers: if you'd like to read chronologically, begin with the posting at the bottom. The most recent postings are at the top. Additionally, one can double-click on most images to enlarge for more detail.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Good Weather for Ducks

I woke this morning and didn’t hear the sound of rain. There seemed to be a little streak of sunlight coming in between the slats of the blinds. Finally! I quickly got dressed, grabbed my camera and headed out the door. Even at 7am on a Sunday, there were several VSC artists awake and scurrying about celebrating the sunlight. Someone stopped me to comment that it looks like an entirely different place when the sun is out...since we haven’t seen it in a week.

The above left photo is a trio of wild ducks…they sense that Louise is outside and are making a beeline to her garden where she feeds them. At the right and below is a photo of Louise’s ducks.

As I planned a trip to venture outside Johnson (my car has been parked for a whole week) I noticed the sky beginning to darken. In less than a half an hour, it began to sprinkle rain again. I was still determined to leave despite the threatening skies. I headed north to the Belvidere (correct spelling) Mountain area.

The photo at left is a waterfall adjacent to the highway and near Johnson.

I traveled until I saw a sign for a hiking trail. The photo below and right was taken along the trail...before it began raining…not again...RATS!

I returned to my car and got on the road and headed back south in the direction toward Johnson. I saw acres of farmland adjacent to a river that had flooded its banks. One would usually see a field in the foreground of the photo at below right…but it is now a lake.

Not yet entirely satisfied with my adventure, I reconsidered returning to Johnson and instead followed signs to Smuggler’s Notch. This area is a popular ski area with many rock-faced cliffs and waterfalls one can see from the road. I stopped to take the photo below where the road snakes in and out of giant boulders…even in my fleece jacket, I was cold. I heard someone talk about a snow forecast…ridiculous…right? The low temp for tonight is 39 degrees...the good news is that the prediction is for only a 30% chance of showers.