Sunday, June 10, 2012

Adirondack Mountains Welomes Artists

Helen painting by Mirror Lake, Lake Placid
Mary Rose painting outside our home away from home
Violetta paints in early morning light
Long time friends who have a second home in the Adirondacks extended an invitation.  Our arms did not need much twisting.  My art partners, Violetta, Mary Rose and I are presently exploring the area and the painting subjects are numerous.  The scenery is varied and spectacular.

Helen and Violetta enjoying the open fire


Mirror Lake - Lake Placid


Lake Placid, home to the Winter Olympics in 1980 sits on Mirror Lake.  Many athletes  train here.

Helen painting at Atea's Garden


There is magic in the light that surrounds Lake Champlain and Essex. Our friend Atea invited us to paint at her home and her gardens are tended with love.


There more than eight variety of peony ploom.

Each day commences with a delicious breakfast.  Violetta is an excellent cook and today it is crepes.
Violetta flipping crepes
Mary Rose built this great fire

Each morning the deer assemble to greet us.
Violetta paints by Mirror Lake
Atea's Garden - Mary Rose painting
Atea presented us with this bouquet of peony





I must rush we are headed to a town called Essex to paint some more. Wishing you a delightful week.

Have you been to the Adirondacks?   Have you visited an Olympic village?

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  1. We stayed in the Olympic village in the early 1980s at a strangely named motel called Father Christmas Motel. We crossed Lake Champlain on the car ferry and had a meal in the Ice House Restaurant in Burlington. We also went to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy in Saratoga Springs. That is about all I can remember of my time there apart from the wonderful trees and water.

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    1. Hello Rosemary
      How wonderful that you have travelled to this part of the world and covered so much when there. I did not notice a hotel by this name. We did laugh when someone referred to Lake Placid as Lake Plastic. While Mirror Lake is quite stunning we are discovering more and more great spots as we drive the back roads.

      Wishing you a great week

      Helenxx

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  2. It all looks so wonderfully pretty and peaceful, and sounds like you've all had a welcoming and hospitable painting break. The lake and scenery look beautiful.
    No to both questions, but of course we in the UK are greatly looking forward to hosting the Olympics this year in London!!
    Happy painting Helen!
    Gill xx

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    1. Hello Gill

      Our days are filled in awe of the beautiful scenery and the hospitable people were unexpected. How exciting for England this year with so much to celebrate with the Olympics and the Jubilee celebrations. Enjoy every moment

      Helen xx

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  3. Helen, the occasional or even regular visitor to your blog has such a lovely impression of your life as a gifted painter, floating around the world visiting the most beautiful places. Always well dressed, always serene always having fun.

    These pictures are no exception!
    best wishes
    Sharon
    xx

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    1. Hello Sharon

      Thank you for this kind and beautiful compliment. This trip is just spectacular and we have had a lot of laughs. The black flies are biting and one day we neglected to bring our repellent, so have some souvenir bites.
      I also love reading and seeing your images as you drive through the French countryside.

      Fondest wishes
      Helen xx

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  4. You all look so perfectly happy and serene.. who would'nt be in such magnificent surrounds.
    I have only seen Lake Placid in books. It looks so calm.
    Wonderul garden that your hostess has ..a great get together . The peonies look divine.
    Happy painting times in Essex.. It all sounds so perfect Helen.
    lovely post . I enjoy reading about where your travels take you.
    val xx

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    1. Hello Val

      Painting makes one forget about all their troubles, as you so well know. Once in the right brain, we are in "la la land" The garden belongs to a Atea, a friend of a friend - it was our first time meeting her and she is an absolute gem.
      Hope you have a wonderful week and hope the foal is growing and kicking his heels

      Helen xx

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  5. What a wonderful place Helen and full of inspiration for some lovely work from you all..........I'm sure that you all have a lot of fun too, and some lovely food.
    .......... and, MaryRose looks as if she has just stepped out of Downton Abbey ! XXXX

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    1. Hello Jacqueline

      It is indeed wonderful and so much to paint (an so little time!). Lots of nonsense and frivolity happening. Now that you say it I can see Mary Rose as a Downton Abbey star. She would fit right in, with her soft Southern accent.

      To a brilliant week

      Helen xx

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  6. How beautiful! I love reading about your painting adventures. Bonnie

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    1. Hello Bonnie and thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

      Wishing you a delightful week

      Helenxx

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  7. Hello Helen:
    What a marvellously generous invitation, and how wonderful that you were all able to accept. We have no knowledge of the Adirondacks but, from your photographs, we are certain that you will all find much to inspire and get the creative juices flowing.

    And, between the three of you, you seem to have all bases covered. Fire building, cooking.....it is rather reminiscent of Enid Blyton's Famous Five, but now there is the Plein Air Three. What fun!!

    Enjoy, enjoy!!

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    1. Hello Jane and Lance

      You have made me laugh when you reminded me of Enid Blyton's Famous Five and sometimes our maturity level equals those five and not at all how three mature women should act.

      When painting Atea's garden I was thinking of you and your garden. While spectacular to admire it is a never ending job and Atea while not realizing it was constantly weeding and working.

      Wishing you a week of joy

      Helen xx

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  8. What a wonderful place, and how generous of your friend. That house by the lake is so unusual and beautiful, and of course I adore the garden. I'm sure such a wonderful setting must have been very inspiring.

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    1. Hello Mrs Exeter

      It was indeed most generous of our friends to offer their house and so unexpected. That our schedules permitted travelling on short notice was also a bonus.
      Hope you have a week full of goodness

      Helen xx

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  9. Oh, lucky you, Helen. What a beautiful setting. It must be quite inspirational for your painting. And the peonies! Oh my, they are gorgeous!. Happy creative time to you!
    Sanda

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    1. Hello Sanda

      Indeed we are all very lucky to be guests in this beautiful corner of the world and it was so unexpected.
      The peony were just spectacular. Many flowers are blooming and is an added bonus
      Thanks for your good wishes and wishing you a spectacular week

      Helenxx

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  10. How well you three live when you are on your painting travels! The rest of us are standing in front of the artists' supplies section in our nearest stationery shop, wondering whether a few sable brushes would entitle us to a crepe and a seat by that lovely fire.

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    1. Hello Mise

      You are always welcome to join us and we will gladly share whatever morsel we have with you. We might just ask you to bake us some scones and if you can sneak a pot of jam on the flight, it too would be welcomed.

      Helen xx

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  11. Oh Helen, what a treasured invitation to receive! To go to the marvelous Mirror lake with dear friends and paint! Well, not too many things could be better, I say, except maybe being invited to a friend's chåteau in France, maybe! :))) My daddy was a disk Jockey on a radio station in Lake Placid waaaay back in the day, and Kate Smith took a fancy to him, so he took her out for a moonlight boat ride on Mirror lake, and she ended up doing a few songs live for him on his show!! We live not very far from the Adirondacks and it is so beautiful. I look forward to seeing the gorgeous paintings that you will come away with. Have a fabulous time with your muti-talented girlfriends!!

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    1. Hello Dawne

      What a marvelous story about your father and Kate Smith sailing on Mirror Lake. How romantic and I can visualize it.He knew how to swoon her!! Hee Hee.
      Our stay here is spectacular. Our accommodation is just perfect and the birds start singing before 5 a.m.
      You live in a beautiful corner of the world.
      Incidentally we are also open to travelling to a chateau in France or Tuscany or Venice or or or
      Have a glorious week Dawne

      Helenxx

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  12. Dear Helen, scrolling through this post is reminiscent of some idyllic scene from the last century....the lovely scenery and the ladies with their easels, painting and lost in their creative reverie....so peaceful. How fortunate to be able to experience this with kindred spirits that are also friends....looks like you are all so well suited to each other, and your generous host and her lovely garden. Looking forward to viewing more.....N.xo

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    1. Hello Nella

      Thank you for your beautiful words. You are so right when you say it is like travelling to the last century. We did feel this way about the Adirondacks. Many established towns and homes in mature settings.
      We just love it here and the light is wonderful

      Hope you have a beautiful week
      Helen xx

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  13. What fun to be with your friends painting new scenes and sights and smells! I have been to the Adirondacks, though not an Olympic village.

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    1. Hello Jen

      You are right it is a lot of fun being with friends and painting and exploring the area. The weather is wonderful.
      Hope you have a great week

      Helen xx

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  14. It looks like the idyllic place to rest and paint and enjoy.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. It is idyllic and so much to see and do. I think we shall all need to rest when we return home but there will be lots of time to sleep!
      have a glorious week

      Helenxx

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  15. Helen,

    What fun it is to gather with like/light minded artists no egos to dampen the spirits. Have paints, canvas, good company and will to travel. How grand...you need to plan a palnt-around-the-world excursion...how wonderful would that be. Your work would set hearts on fire upon your return from a magical trip like it...write it down...make it happen.

    Bette

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    1. Hello Bette

      Oh what a wonderful suggestion you have and I would go in a heart beat - You are so right when you say write it down-make it happen. I will definitely write it in large letters in my notebook. Travelling and seeing the world, I cannot think of what is better.

      Hope your week is spectacular, Bette

      Helen xx

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  16. You all look like you're having the best of times...what a perfectly beautiful location to let your creative juices flow.
    The home and garden look lovely, and the lake...spectacular, it must be heaven!
    Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy dear Helen...and friends!
    xoxo J~

    (And thank you for stopping by and offering such comforting and encouraging words Helen...it's friends like you in this wonderful community of kindred spirits that keeps me going...truly a blessing!)

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    1. Hello Jessica

      We are indeed having a marvelous time and the location and everyone we have met have been wonderful, warm and generous. It must be difficult driving in winter with such steep mountains.

      Thanks for your good wishes and it is always a joy to visit your beautiful blog.

      Helen xx

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  17. This looks like the perfect summer party. I have been to the Lake Champlain area and must say it is an artist's playground. And the Adirondacks just ooze beauty! Sitting here, in an arid and hot Indian metropolis, how you tickle my nostalgia with your delightful pictures.

    P.S. The peonies are beautiful!

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    1. Hello Suman

      I have been thinking of you and wondering how life is in India. It seems like you have visited many States and Lake Champlain is just beautiful and we are in love with Essex.

      The scent from the peonies is intoxicating.

      Hope you have a great week

      Helen xx

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  18. Hello Helen, it looks like you and your friends are having a ball. How kind of your friend to invite you all. Her home and garden look wonderful, not to mention the surrounding countryside. I shall look forward to seeing your work.

    Thank you for visiting and leaving such lovely comments, it is good to be back in touch. Much love to you, Linda x

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    1. Hello Linda

      It was most generous of our hosts L & M to give us their incredible home. Everyone is friendly and helpful. It reminds me of Ireland in that people are all connected and "did you meet so and so- oh you must stop in and say hello to them, tell them I sent you".

      Glad you are back blogging Linda.

      Have a wonderful week

      Helenx

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  19. What an ideal place to paint. I would have snapped up the invitation too.

    We have a Mirror Lake near us in Highlands, NC where we spent one summer. It's not nearly as sophisticated as the one you've shown.
    Sam

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    1. Hello Sam

      We did not need much persuading and they have called us and suggested we extend our stay and also want us to return again next year. How to repay friends like that?

      I love the Carolinas and I am sure Highlands and Mirror Lake has some magic too.
      Thanks for visiting and have a glorious week.

      Helen xx

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  20. My dearest Helen, what a beautiful location, most charming friends and wonderful creativity. I can't think of a better way to send the week. Your posts are a joy to read. They are like roses in the heart of blogsphere. Your sensibility, talent and artistic eye for beauty touch me and inspire me every time I step into your orbit. With best wishes, ASD

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    1. Dearest ASD

      I know you would love this area too. It is very different.
      Thank you for such wonderful kind and generous compliments on my blog. You have made my day.
      You know I miss you terribly when you take a break. I know this is selfish of me, as you certainly deserve a break now and them. You absence takes a large measure of joy from blogtopia.

      Wishing you a week full of joy.
      Helen xx

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  21. Why oh why oh why am I not a follower???? duh!!! I thought I was... I was wondering why you hadn't posted...

    Well! All's well that.... you know! =]

    xo

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    1. Hello Katy
      A big warm welcome Katy and thanks for following. I understand.

      Hope you have a wonderful weekend

      Helenxx

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  22. Dear Helen,

    I have not been there but have always loved the name. Seeing these sights I really must. You do have the right kind of friends. : )

    xx

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    1. Hello Mona

      Yes it is a beautiful name. You must go.

      I treasure Mary Rose and Violetta. We have been painting together for twelve years. We travel well together and there is always lots of fun and adventures. We sometimes find ourselves in tight corners sort of like your two beautiful cats

      Helen xx

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  23. This is such a beautiful place to be, and your photographs are wonderful.
    Enjoy every moment there my friend!
    xo.

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    1. Hello Lisa

      Thank you for your gracious compliment.

      We are having a blast. Thanks for your good wishes

      Helen xx

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  24. My goodness you are very lucky women.

    I have never been but my need is growing.

    Enjoy.

    xo Jane

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    1. Hello Jane

      WE are indeed truly blessed and the generous offer of the house was totally unexpected.

      I feel you would be very inspired by the scenery
      Helen xx

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  25. What a lucky woman you are! Such a beautiful place to be! No wonder you are enjoying yourselves! I am sure there are a few wonderful paintings coming out... yes, I have visited for instance St. Moritz here in Switzerland where the Olympic games were held in 1948... Christa

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    1. Hello Christa

      It is such a wonderful feeling being here in the Adirondacks and with comfortable and spacious accommodation.

      I am sure St. Moritz is beautiful.

      I have not been to that part of beautiful Switzerland.

      Hope you have a great weekend

      Helen xx

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  26. Helen-
    It sounds like you are painting in a little corner of heaven!
    ENJOY!

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    1. Hello Ann

      It is indeed heavenly and thanks for your kind wishes

      Helenxx

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  27. Helen what a beautiful place to paint it looks idyllic and you all look like your having a wonderful time to boot.
    XXX

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    1. Hello Dash

      It is just delightful being here. All the right ingredients are in place and we are in seventh heaven

      Hope you have a great weekend.

      Helen xx

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  28. What a wonderful life you lead!!!
    I've wanted to visit the Adirondacks...
    Imagine as the seasons change...how your paintings
    would as well.

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    1. Hello Auntie Bliss

      I think you will love it when you visit here. There is such diverse scenery, lakes, mountains, flora and fauna.

      Being in the mountains it is cooler.

      Have a wonderful weekend

      Helenxx

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  29. Oh I have never been here, but living in New England for many years, I did get a chance to see Stowe Vermont and other great spaces in the area. How fun it is to be with good friends and other creative souls in such a place, Helen!!!!

    Thank you dear one for coming to Paris with us. Enjoy the creativity that you possess! Anita

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    1. Hello Anita

      It is indeed wonderful to be in Violetta and Mary Rose's company and there is never a dull moment. We have long days of painting and the beautiful scenery and long days are so special

      Hope your weekend is beautiful

      Helen xx

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  30. Wow Helen...what a fabulous spot. I have never been to the Adirondacks. This is the sort of trip that books and movies are made from. I think an Bloggers Artist Retreat is in order, don't you? Can you imagine!

    What fun...writers, photographers, painters, crafts...anything that requires a special spot to create. Oh dear...I am getting excited about this idea, that is not a good sign. I must focus on the moment...but when I have passed the upcoming hurdle, let's come back to that thought.

    Best wishes Helen and a special thank you for being such a thoughtful Facebook friend... :)

    Jeanne xx

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    1. Hello Jeanne

      It is just beautiful here. That is a novel idea of a Bloggers Artist Retreat. Can you just imagine the creativity and joy and chatter!!! Yippee. As someone recently said to me "Write it down: Make it Happen"
      I shall hold that beautiful thought too

      Wishing you a weekend of joy. It is great being connected on FB



      Helen xx

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    1. Thanks for stopping

      You will love it.

      Helen xx

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  32. What a lovely post. I grew up in New York state and New England so I am very familiar with the Adirondacks. I have
    not been back in several years(living in California now)but the area holds a very special place in my heart. Truly beautiful. Enjoy your visit.

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  33. helen,
    this looks like a marvelous time...open air and the good smell of flowers and paint! thanks for stopping by...i have my feet up, as you suggest:)
    becky

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  34. Dear Helen, Thank you very much for your comment! I hope you are having a sunny and happy Sunday! Ours is nearly over - it is 9 pm. We had warm sunshine and went for a long and lovely walk in a summery and green landscape. Christa

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  35. What a beautiful part of the country to visit and be inspired! I have been in that area a few times in the Fall and the colors are amazing. I would love to travel there in the Spring. I hope you'll share some of your art. It's such a treat to see your art, my friend! Enjoy the week ahead! It's hot here in Florida but I'm loving it!

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  36. We've not ventured to Lake Placid, but I have long wanted to go. A visit would be surpreme no matter what the activity! Hope you're enjoying summer.

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