Stockbridge Coffee House
I created this plein air painting in 2018. One of the most quaint towns in the Berkshire is Stockbridge. I love this town, and for some time, I worked part time at the Red Lion Inn as a part time flower arranger. What a fun job that was! But almost as enjoyable as the job, was having a reason to go to Stockbridge one morning a week. This coffee shop in the center of town is always a bustle of activity. It was fun painting it.
It’s 6″ x 8″, painted with oils on masonite.
In 2018, I was inspired to take an intensive plein air workshop with Dan Graziano, a painter I admire. I packed up my art supplies into my 1966 Shasta camper and drove to Castine, Maine. It’s a beautiful little town. I camped at a state forest, but I didn’t spend much time there. I was intensively learning the art of plein air painting. There’s a concentration that comes from attempting to capture a moment in time. Too much fussing, and the lighting will have changed; The same subject is there, but the feeling can be completely different. So plein air is about capturing the essence and not getting caught up in detail.
After the workshop, I came back home and took several weeks to build on what I learned. This is one of a series of paintings I did of scenes around the Berkshires that caught my fancy at that time.