Carrie’s Painting of the Week – 8/1/2013

130731B hay bales 10x10

Hay Bales

By Carrie Jacobson

When we left the mid-Hudson Valley six years ago, it was not a happy departure. My mother had died, my boss Mike Levine had died, my job at the Times Herald-Record had been eliminated, and we lived in a house where flooding endangered our lives.

I hadn’t realized, until today, that my memories and thoughts of the mid-Hudson were tinged and darkened by these experiences.

On the drive from Saugerties to Middletown, I found myself awed, at nearly every curve, by the incredible beauty and glory of the area. This must be the greenest time of the year, and the cool morning and soft light highlighted the depth and variety of the colors.

The road wound beside clear streams, past fields thick with corn, by farms with beautiful buildings showing the care of families over decades, over centuries. And behind it all, the mountains rose, tall and blue and strong.

I’d forgotten what a place the mid-Hudson Valley is, what beauty it holds, what history it whispers, what promises it makes. Today, I remembered it all.


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3 Responses to “Carrie’s Painting of the Week – 8/1/2013”

  1. Sherry Svec Says:

    So glad for your reacquaintance with our beauteous locale!! So glad for your visit and gorgeous artwork! So glad for the hugs and smiles and conversation. For our friendship.

  2. CarrieJacobson Says:

    Same here, Sherry!

  3. Jo Galante Cicale Says:

    Sauer Farm is, indeed, one of our area’s historic farms still in the hands of the Sauers. My husband and I have such wonderful memories of going into the barn and getting our milk right from the vat. and, it was not homogenized. mrs. saucer always had great fresh eggs and veggies in season. still does! the painting is so beautiful i hope jeanette – mrs. sauer – gets to see it. she’s also an artist and would so appreciate it.

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