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On the road

July 8th, 2009 Lauren Edmond No comments

This painting is really part of my Woodstock-Saugerties series (2007-2009). The view is between the 2 towns, on the overpass of the NYS Thruway you get a good view of Overlook Mountain, which rises north of Woodstock. There is about 10 miles and a vast difference between Woodstock and Saugerties. They are as different as red and blue American, which i see as red/orange and blue/green America.

This painting is from a very hot summer day. The highlights were shimmering. I got up early to do the laundry in Saugerties. And by 9 am, it was already a scorcher! Here’s “Hot road on a summer morning” from 2008
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“Hot road on a summer morning” © 2008-2009 by Lauren Edmond

For me, the interesting thing about this view is not only the way the mountain looks, and I hope to make more paintings of this view in all kinds of weather conditions. It looks like Shangri-La with the mist rising above. And it is Shangri-La. A mythical place that is part real, part illusion. But the interest for me is the crossroad in this painting. Which way to go? Get on the thruway and zip down to NYC. Or stay on rte 212 and be in the center of Woodstock in 10 minutes. Which way to go?! And there’s a gas station, implied on the left, so you have the fuel to go where you choose. And you know one thing. It’s 9 am, and it’s already 85 degrees. Your choice!

Paintings of Woodstock and Saugerties NY 2009

July 7th, 2009 Lauren Edmond 1 comment

This is a show of my recent paintings of Woodstock and Saugerties.

There are 6 paintings in this show.

First up. This is the Bridge Over Saugerties. Saugerties NY is a hidden treasure that I don’t really want to publicize, though Jimmy Fallon is a native, so he does it all the time, in his usual “pretend this is self-deprecating” style! Who ever heard of Saugerties?! The town is perched on the Hudson and there are magnificent views, including a lighthouse on the Hudson river, open to the public. Many people have lived here for generations. Yet, there are an increasing number people coming to Saugerties from all over the world. The town is just too beautiful to go unnoticed. Saugerties has several art groups, which I will hopefully be able to join for as long as I”m actively working in the area….

So here’s “Bridge Over Saugerties”, 2009. I’ve taken hundreds of photos of this bridge, in every weather condition and season. This painting is summertime, probably my favorite season to paint. Currently, the land in the foreground has been sold and will be turned into a hotel complex. Construction started over the last few weeks. I often do my laundry across the street and walk the dogs in the field and through the town. We all enjoy it ^^:-)

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Bridge over Saugerties © 2009 by Lauren Edmond

Next is the view from the Village Apothecary in Saugerties NY. I love this place! And they are the kindest people. I get my cat Philippe's thyriod meds from them and they go out of their way to make sure everything is the best possible. They even hipped me to the fact I can get this is gel form that i just put in his ear twice a day. So much easier than pilling. He's the best cat in the world. Except for pilling! So here's the View from the Village Apothecary, Saugerties, NY

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“Village Apothecary View” © 2009 by Lauren Edmond

This the a crossroads in West Saugerties, NY. If you take a left, you go uphill to Plattekill. The road winds steeply up a deep gorge along the south side of the mountain and the view is extraordinary. Plattekill Road is narrow and kind of treacherous and is even closed from November to May. There’s a steep drop off on one side, and a sharp rise on the other. You are literally on the side of the mountain. It’s very dramatic. Or– you can make the right and you’re in West Saugerties, an old village in the valley, and on your way “into town”. Here’s the Crossroads at Plattekill, you decide which way to go– uphill or down!

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“Crossroads at Plattekill” © 2009 by Lauren Edmond

This piece is near and dear to me. It’s the view from my next door neighbor’s backyard. We’ve been renting a lil blue cottage (painting coming!) for the past 2 years and I get to spend time there and in NYC where I’ve had an apartment for going on 32 years. Wow. I can’t quite say time flew, but after 32 years and thousands of paintings, here’s “Shirley’s View”


“Shirley’s View” c 2009 by Lauren Edmond

Driving back and forth to Woodstock every day, this is one of the 2 scenes that continues to catch my eye. I just love how the mountains come up behind the house and the long driveway to the house and the mountains is like a journey in itself. This is “Devon’s Way”

“Devon’s Way” c 2009 by Lauren Edmond

And finally, the Woodstock Green. This is where hippies still gather. Kids and adults! There are drum circles on major holidays, music, events, lots of fun has happened here! What makes Woodstock so special is its continued sense of COMMUNITY. There are still land grants where you can walk for miles. And they’re dog friendly, provided your dogs are friendly! Mine are socialized, living in NYC and Woodstock. Here’s the “Woodstock Town Green”


“Woodstock Town Green” c 2009 by Lauren Edmond

Hope you enjoy the show! More to come…..!
Lauren