Thursday, August 6, 2009

Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion




McGowan Fine Art is hosting a paintout this coming weekend at the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion Historic Site in Portsmouth, NH (more info at www.nhstateparks.org/state-parks/alphabetical-order/wentworth-coolidge-mansion/). Steve and I went there today so I could "case" the place and give some of the NH Plein Air Painters (www.nhpleinair.com/) who'll be painting there a sneak peek. It's a very odd-looking building, right on the water, surrounded by rather sad dried-up gardens. The strange configuration is apparently because Governor Wentworth had all of the smaller buildings on the property brought together and assembled into one big one. We didn't take the tour, so I can't tell you about the inside, but the building and its surroundings are wonderful. The yellow building is the W-C mansion; the white one is Creek Farm, right next door and the last pic is of the island right across from the mansion, with a few sea kayakers posing/paddling by.
Come and watch the artists (I'll be there!) paint on Saturday, August 8, from 10 to 4 and on Sunday the 9th from 11 to 3. Right after that, on Sunday, there's a wet paint sale from 3 until 5 at the Coolidge Center for the Arts, on the grounds near the Mansion.

3 comments:

Gill Truslow said...

Hi Barbara,
These are great pictures. The yellow building is pretty strange looking 'though. What a great spot for kayaking. I will be in Portsmouth in late Sept. for a workshop so your pics are getting me ready! I hope the paint out was fun and successful. I can't figure out how I would do that with pastels.
Thought you might like this artist's blog: Carol Marine's Painting a Day (I think that's the name)

Barbara said...

Gill, thanks for your comments. It's totally possible to do plein air in pastels. Check out Michael Johnson's blog at: http://mchesleyjohnson.blogspot.com/. I use my Judson's box with the pastel adaptors. It works fine, but MJ has a Heilman box, which is just about perfect and holds more sticks. There's still one more space in MJ's September workshop, but it probably coincides with yours. Have a great time!

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