Weir Farm

Ridgefield, Connecticut

artist residency ~ April 2001

World's Largest Jelly Glass
Weir Farm:  6 Views
Weir Farm:  Winter
"If I Lived to 102...
Weir Farm:  144 Views (detail)
Weir Farm:  Spring
"I Know Where I'm Going"
Weir Farm:  Face in the Snow
Weir Farm:  144 Views (detail)
Weir Farm:  6 Views (detail)
Tree on Bark
Goose Droppings:  Opus #2
Weir Farm:  6 Views (detail)
Weir Farm:  6 Views (detail)
Weir Farm:  6 Views (detail)
Weir Farm:  6 Views (detail)
Weir Farm:  6 Views (detail)

 

 

   Weir Farm National Historic Site is Connecticut’s only national park and the only one in the country devoted to American painting.  It has been continuously used by artists since 1882.  This was the former home and workplace of the celebrated painter J. Alden Weir, leader of the American Impressionist movement.

    With friend, Childe Hassam, Weir founded the influential Ten American Painters, the first American art movement to look inward—examining everyday experiences and appreciating nature found close to home.  The Farm drew other artists of note as well; John Twachtman, Albert Pinkham Ryder and John Singer Sargent; who came to paint, fish and bond.

   Today, the Farm remains virtually untouched by inappropriate development.  The landscape is rolling with meadows, criss-crossed with stone walls, forested with dense woodlands.  Still preserved are Weir’s home and studio, and adjoining property is managed by The Nature Conservancy.  

 

*some bits borrowed from the Weir Farm Official Map and Guide and other text from the Weir Farm Trust.  

 

 

   

Weir Farm:  144 Views

 

    In April, 2001, I went to Wilton, Connecticut, for an artist’s residency at Weir Farm.  The farm was the weekend home of American Impressionist, J. Alden Weir, and is the only National Historic Site dedicated to an American artist.

    I was there three weeks and painted everything I saw; inside and outside, growing things, woodland creatures, furniture, stone walls, groceries, tools, weather, me, Weir Farm folks, and old photos in books of Weir, his wives, and fellow artists, Childe Hassam and John Singer Sargent.

    I painted 144 blocks of wood, 2 ½ x 5 inches each, and fit them together to make one

2 ½ x 5-foot piece.

    Each block had to feature a different image, so, needless to say, the last 3 dozen were a “challenge” (I use a polite word here rather than the crass one I use often and more naturally).

    The entire thing is

actually two halves

joined together to hang

and then unjoined  for

easier mobility--

a brilliant moment in

engineering that took

about a year to think of.

    I love this picture

because it puts me back

in that time and place,

so beautiful and meaningful, even without television.

 

                                                                                                                    

2002  acrylic on boards  30 x 60 in.
2001  acrylic/canvas  11 x 39 in.
Weir Farm:  6 Views (detail)