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Season 3 Episode List

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Brunelle's Marina, South Hadley, MA

 

Brunelle's Marina
1 Alvord Street, South Hadley, MA
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Located along the banks of the Connecticut River, Brunelle's marina is a full service marina. Here visitors and guests can enjoy a leisurely cruise aboard the Lady Bea or just enjoy the views and vistas that make this area so special. The day we visited Brunelle's it was the height of summer and the weather was just perfect. Susan managed to find a lone boat waiting for its turn on the river and decided that this simple image would make a great subject.



Naumkeag, Stockbridge, MA

 

Naumkeag
5 Prospect Hill Rd, Stockbridge, MA
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Naumkeag is a quintessential country estate that reflects the shingled style homes of America's Gilded Age. Naumkeag is also famous for its terraced gardens and outdoor rooms. This week's feature, the Blue Steps of Naumkeag were created in 1939 and are almost hard to describe. They a series of deep blue fountain pools flanked by four flights of steps climbing up a gentle hillside and overhung by birch trees, truly an amazing sight and quiet a subject to paint!



Steaming Tender (Part #1), Palmer, MA

 

The Steaming Tender Restaurant
28 Depot Street, Palmer, MA

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In this week’s episode, Susan stays close to home and captures the beauty of “years gone by” as she paints a wonderfully restored train station now known as The Steaming Tender Drive-In Restaurant. Here railroad enthusiasts can still watch passing trains roll by, take photos of the station itself and view the many antiquities that furnish this impressive atmosphere. Young and old alike will also appreciate the vintage 1915 Porter Steam engine and tender on the grounds.

Because of the size and scope of this subject, Susan thought she would respond viewer emails requesting drawing tips, so in part #1, she shares her drawing "tips and techniques" and focusing on the beginning of the painting. Next week, Susan works on the details and finishing touches, so whether you’re a novice watercolorist or want to know how to get started on a subject, the next two weeks will show you how.
 



Steaming Tender (Part #2)

 

The Steaming Tender Restaurant
28 Depot Street, Palmer, MA

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In this week’s episode, Susan stays close to home and captures the beauty of “years gone by” as she paints a wonderfully restored train station now known as The Steaming Tender Drive-In Restaurant. Here railroad enthusiasts can still watch passing trains roll by, take photos of the station itself and view the many antiquities that furnish this impressive atmosphere. Young and old alike will also appreciate the vintage 1915 Porter Steam engine and tender on the grounds.
 



Barkhamsted Reservoir, CT

 

Barkhamsted Reservoir
Barkhamsted, CT

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The Barkhamsted Reservoir covers what was once a village known as Barkhamsted Hollow. Private property, small farms and many homes were flooded to create this reservoir. The reservoir itself is about 8 miles long and extends from central Barkhamsted, north into the town of Hartland, almost to Massachusetts. It is the primary water supply for the metropolitan Hartford area, which is located about 25 miles away. It’s vast size and recreational opportunities make for a great day out as well as painting.
 



Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

 

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA

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This week’s subject matter embodies everything I love about living in this area-rich history, great architecture and the opportunity to capture seasonal changes.

Founded in 1837 by chemist and revolutionary educator Mary Lyon, Mount Holyoke is the nation's oldest continuing institution of higher learning for women. It was the first of the Seven Sisters-the female equivalent of the predominantly male Ivy League.

Today, Mount Holyoke is recognized worldwide for its rigorous and innovative academic program, its global community, its legacy of women leaders, and its commitment to connecting the work of the academy to the concerns of the world.
 



Randall's Farm, Ludlow, MA

 

Randall's Farm
631 Center Street, Ludlow, MA

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Originally opened in 1950, this one time egg farm is now open year round with locally grown fruits and vegetables, deli meats and an abundance of home and garden supplies.

The day we visited Randall's Farm, it was the height of summer and the farm stand and garden center were full of hanging baskets and flowering plants. People were coming and going and the sun was shining brightly. I was immediately taken in by the bright colors and decided to contrast that with just a hint of architecture.
 



Fenway Park (Part #1), Boston, MA

 

Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA

Located in Boston Massachusetts is where you will find this week’s subject, the home of the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox.

Since 1912, this beautiful old park has been home to some of the most exciting and heart wrenching games any baseball fan could endure. Its grounds have been graced by many Hall of Famers including such Red Sox notables as Bobby Doer, Joe Cronin, Carl Yastremski, Ted Williams and Carlton Fisk.

Considered one of the world’s most famous sporting venues, Fenway is perhaps best known for both its right and left field foul poles as well as supporting architecture. In left field, only 310 feet from home plate is what is known as the “Green Monster.” This structure stands 31 feet high and is 231 feet long, it’s also now home to some of the coolest seats in the park. Down the right field line, is what is known as the “Pesky Pole”. The Pesky Pole is named after sox great Johnny Pesky and is only 302 feet from home plate, very enticing to hitters on either bench.

The day we were at the park it was late September...the Red Sox were still battling for the American Eastern Division title and they were playing the Toronto Blue Jays. We had tried to attend a few games earlier in the month but the weather kept working against us and quite frankly, I’m glad we waited as long as we did, because as soon as the sun began to set and twighlight arrived, I turned to my canvas and started to paint. It was perfect, and it also provided me with a great opportunity to share with you how I approached one of the greatest architectural challenges I’ve ever tried to paint.
 



Fenway Park (Part #2)

 

Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA

Located in Boston Massachusetts is where you will find this week’s subject, the home of the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox.

Since 1912, this beautiful old park has been home to some of the most exciting and heart wrenching games any baseball fan could endure. Its grounds have been graced by many Hall of Famers including such Red Sox notables as Bobby Doer, Joe Cronin, Carl Yastremski, Ted Williams and Carlton Fisk.

If you didn’t get a chance to see last week’s show, we started on my rendition of Fenway Park. Fenway is Major League Baseball's oldest and smallest ballpark. It’s been the site of some of the most memorable moments in all of sports.

Now, I’ll admit, I’m not much of a baseball fan, so you’ll have to forgive me if I don’t have the same passion and giddiness my crew did they day we were at the park, but the old place has a lot of charm.

I wasn’t only taken in by its history and unique structural elements. I loved walking around the outside of the stadium prior to the game and getting a real feel for the area and the fans. I took a few photos and did a few other studies of the area as well, just to show you that when you have an opportunity to travel, don’t just settle on one thing, look around, you never know what might make for a good painting.

So today, we’ll focus on putting the finishing touches on our beloved Fenway park. The angle we are painting from is high above the right field line and provides me with a lot of detail and architectural challenges because of the way the ball park turns (sits) and angles so much.
 



Mystery Location, western MA

 

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Each week I encourage you to "go out into your neighborhood and see what you can find," and this week I do just that (I take my own advice). I'm just a short distance from my home but I can't tell you exactly where. What I can tell you is this week's subject makes for a great painting.

Today’s subject is only a mile from my home and is privately owned. Before I began to explore the area and identify a subject to paint, I made sure I had permission from the owner to be there and I'm glad I did. We have become very good friends since our first encounter and this location has become one of my personnel favorites.

I've painted it many times and over the course of many seasonal changes

It's got a little bit of everything I look for when searching for a subject. Great architectural elements, trees that help with both the framing and depth factors, and lots of rushing water.

 



The Big E, West Springfield, MA

 

The Big E
Memorial Drive, West Springfield, MA

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When late summer starts to give way to early fall, there's no better place to experience the change than at the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

Known as the 9th largest fair in North America, the Big E offers visitors and guests from all over the world the opportunity experience the sights, the sounds and the taste-tempting aromas of the northeast region that make this such a great place to live.

Personally, I just love the agricultural aspect of the fair. I'm a mini farmer at heart and the Big E affords me the opportunity to explore and experience a wide array of animals, demonstrations and farming techniques.