From the Chapel

(Can't See) The Forest for the Trees, Russell Steven Powell acrylic on canvas, 16x12
Scenic View, Russell Steven Powell acrylic on canvas, 18x24

Scenic View, acrylic on canvas, 18×24

FROM THE CHAPEL … FOR SEVERAL WEEKS I woke up a little after 6, fed the cats, made myself a cup of tea (Tea Guys Morning Americano), grabbed a Silken (a small, yellow, juicy, early season apple with lemon sherbet taste), and headed off to the chapel at Laurel Park to paint.

The upstairs of the slimly built, circa 1900 chapel in the middle of the former Methodist camp, now a community of about 100 year-round homes in Northampton, Massachusetts, became my studio this summer and fall. I loved everything about the place.

The chapel teems with atmosphere. To reach the studio I walk through a room filled with photographs, clothing, and other artifacts from the 145-year-old park. The upstairs is huge and open, with high ceilings and exposed rafters. It reeks of wood and history.

There is room to walk around and view work from a distance, and lots of wall space to display paintings. The windows next to my easel look out at a field of tree trunks scattered between the chapel, houses, and the outdoor tabernacle.

Early morning is an ideal time for me to paint, when I am fresh, as the light spreads, without distractions.

I held an open studio in the chapel last Saturday during Laurel Park Arts’ “2017 Chautauqua: A Celebration of Trees,” a two-day event at which I also made a presentation about New England apples.

Some of the chapel paintings explore the weekend’s theme.

 

 

Blue Woods, Russell Steven Powell acrylic on canvas, 8x10

Blue Woods, acrylic on canvas, 8×10

Silver Woods, Russell Steven Powell acrylic on canvas, 9x12

Silver Woods, acrylic on canvas, 9×12

Evergreen, Russell Steven Powell acrylic on canvas, 24x18

Evergreen, acrylic on canvas, 24×18

Foliage, Russell Steven Powell acrylic on canvas, 8x10

Foliage, acrylic on canvas, 8×10

 

The Forest for the Trees, Russell Steven Powell acrylic on canvas, 16x12

(Can’t See) The Forest for the Trees, acrylic on canvas, 16×12

Three Seeds, Russell Steven Powell acrylic on canvas, 30x24

Three Seeds, acrylic on canvas, 30×24

Garden Seeds, Russell Steven Powell acrylic on canvas, 18x24

Garden Seeds, acrylic on canvas, 18×24

Seed Head, Russell Steven Powell acrylic on canvas, 24x18

Seed Head, acrylic on canvas, 24×18

 

River and Field, Russell Steven Powell acrylic on canvas, 18x24

River and Field, acrylic on canvas, 18×24

Uplift, Russell Steven Powell acrylic on canvas, 18x24

Uplift, acrylic on canvas, 18×24

Y, Russell Steven Powell acrylic on canvas, 24x18

Y, acrylic on canvas, 24×18

Push, Russell Steven Powell acrylic on canvas, 18x24

Push, acrylic on canvas, 18×24

Beneath the Burden, Russell Steven Powell acrylic on canvas, 12x9

Beneath the Burden, acrylic on canvas, 12×9

Easing The Way, Russell Steven Powell acrylic on canvas, 12x9

Easing The Way, acrylic on canvas, 12×9

 

 

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