A day trip to Storm King Art Center, where nature is the sculpture
I had tears in my eyes the first time I saw the landscape at Storm King, in New Windsor, NY—and that was from the parking lot. It’s 500 acres of living sculpture in the form of manicured fields, rolling hills, a creek or two, patches of wild flowers, and all manner of trees. Schunnemunk Mountain and Storm King Mountain are visible from most vistas and it’s blissfully quiet aside from the red-tailed hawks soaring overhead. The reason one visits is for the collection of over 100 carefully-sited contemporary sculptures. In this painting, Mark di Suvero’s 65 ft.-high steel piece Pyramidian (1987-98) is seen.
Maple Allée is the first of what I hope are several pieces from my July visit to Storm King. This subject matter has lots of great creative challenges:
* juicy skies (it was a beautiful day!)
* large vistas with fading/receding backgrounds and perspectives
* many green hues to mix (none are straight from a tube)
* finding the balance between capturing details and painterly brushstrokes.
I can’t wait to return to Storm King for the fall foliage.
Arches cold press, 300 lb, 14.25″ x 21.5″