This weekend I took a trip up to Kingston, an old colonial town up the Hudson River. I was visiting to see a friend’s art gallery, One Mile Gallery, (which you should check out when you are in the region–but more on that in later posts). I took the bus a hundred miles up the river and jumped out, prepared to walk through a few blocks of quaint historical district–but the actual walk was more like a five mile hike through fields and ravines, past old stockades and cement factories (and strip malls). Additionally I unknowingly visited on the day when the townsfolk reenacted the 1777 burning of their town by King George’s redcoats! The whole trip had a very spooky autumn feel and I highly recommend Kingston (although if you visit you should maybe plan better than me and not run through the forests at night as the first snows arrive).
Anyway here are four drawings I made on the trip. The first two were on the busride on the way up. There is New York City seen rising like a twisted lovely dream above the marshes and suburbs of New Jersey. Next we see the bucolic Hudson landscape blurring from the bus window.
This is a drawing of the historic cemetery at Kingston. I took certain liberties since I was rushing through and I drew in the details on the bus. The green statue guy is George Clinton, the fourth Vice-President of the United States. Finally on the bus ride home, I became enthralled by the same picturesque Hudson Valley clouds that have beguiled so many artists over the years. Hopefully you enjoyed the sketches from my little autumn mini-trip. I’ll get back to real posts tomorrow and we’ll start leading up to next week’s Halloween themed week of horror and dread!