Woodstock Vermont Fine Art

Woodstock Vermont

WOODSTOCK VERMONT – I recently sold this watercolor technique fine art photograph of Woodstock, Vermont which was ordered in this handsome frame and mat combination and is headed to a collector in Knoxville, TN.

I offer many of my fine art photographs in this style of watercolor type brush strokes.  Over the years of processing my images I’ve developed this process that gives a painterly effect after a few hours of working on the image.

As always my images begin with a trip to the location.  In this case the quint and beautiful village of Woodstock, Vermont.

Woodstock has a lot of attractions for visitors including fine dining, golf and spa treatments at the famous Woodstock Inn, a covered bridge tucked into the small downtown full of little shops and restaurants and of course the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park and Billing farm attractions with a working farm, museums and historic home of the Rockerfellers who had a lot of influence over the town over the years.

Nearby is Quechee gorge as well as the ski area colorfully called Suicide Six.  Xcountry skiing is also available from the Woodstock Inn and nearby Mt. Tom which is connected to the National Historic Park.

The area is quite the tourist draw with the VINS bird rescue center over by Quechee, the glass blowing at Simon Pearce and the annual hot air baloon festival.

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The image above was taken right downtown, across from the Woodstock Inn, across from the town green and around the corner from one of the historic and well preserved homes in Woodstock. The covered bridge is drivable but it is off from the main street.

I used the white picket fence to create a leading line up to the covered bridge in the distance and of course waited for the tourists to leave the area.

Back in the studio I started my watercolor process that creates multiple layers of “brush stocks” using the original fine art photograph as the template. It’s takes several hours building up layers and matching colors to bring about the final result.

Louisburg Square Beacon Hill Boston

Louisburg Square Beacon Hill Boston

Louisburg Square Beacon Hill Boston. Artwork for sale by Edward M. Fielding in prints, cards, framed prints, throw pillows and more. https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/boston

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Louisburg Square is a private square located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston. It was named for the 1745 Battle of Louisbourg, in which Massachusetts militiamen led by William Pepperrell, who was made the first American baronet for his role, sacked the French Fortress of Louisbourg.

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Vermont – fine art photographs from the state of Vermont

In this new video, fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding (http://www.edwardfieldng.com) showcases some of his photographs from around the beautiful state of Vermont.

Prints, canvas prints, museum quality framed and matted artwork, metal prints, acrylic prints, wood prints and gift items with this Vermont photographs are available here – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/vermont

The music is “Waterfall” by Aakash Gandhi

Lobster Landing Lobster Pound Shack Restaurant

Lobster Landing in Clinton Connnecticut

Lobster Landing – Seafood lovers of New England will relish this fine art photograph of a classic lobster pound in the harbor of Clinton, Connecticut along Long Island Sound.

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The beautiful sky colors of the setting sun play off the cluttered and rustic exterior of this local fixture. This 100-year-old, weathered shack at the end of Clinton’s Commerce Street is storybook-adorable, right down to the delightfully askew letter on its red-and-white sign.

Lobster Landing in Clinton Connnecticut
Lobster Landing in Clinton Connecticut – available as a print, framed and matted, canvas, metal, wood and acrylic prints.

Get your print of this classic New England seafood joint here: https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/featured/lobster-landing-sunset-edward-fielding.html

The lobster rolls are naturally the centerpiece of Lobster Landing’s business, using a simple recipe with attention to detail and quality. Each roll gets an exact quarter-pound of shellfish, a blend of freshly cooked and hand-picked knuckle, claw and tail meat that is weighed and wrapped into small mesh bags. The meat is nestled into a grinder roll, quickly toasted on a grill, and the sandwich is finished with a small ladle of butter melted over a double-boiler and a squeeze of fresh lemon.

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Get your fill of great fine art lobster, seafood and fishing photography with the portfolio of fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding.  Fielding has traveled the coast of North America from Florida to Prince Edward Island looking for great images of the fishing industry, lobstering and of course fine eats.

More Lobster related artwork – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/lobster

Lobsters comprise a family (Nephropidae, sometimes also Homaridae) of large marine crustaceans.

Lobsters have long bodies with muscular tails, and live in crevices or burrows on the sea floor. Three of their five pairs of legs have claws, including the first pair, which are usually much larger than the others. Highly prized as seafood, lobsters are economically important, and are often one of the most profitable commodities in coastal areas they populate.

Fine Art Photographs of Vermont Cows for Sale as Prints

Black and white photograph of a cow

Fine Art Photographs of Cows – I recently found myself in Stowe, Vermont for a rainy afternoon. My wife had a conference at the Spruce Lodge and I had the afternoon free. Fall foliage had already come and gone with the last leaves being ripped off by a breezy, stormy day. But I was determined to get out and photograph the beautiful country side around Stowe which includes many fine family farms.

Vintage tractor
Vintage Tractor on a farm

I came across a herd of dairy cows gathering near the farm gate, hoping that it was getting close to milking time. One cow in particular caught my eye and I was able to capture a few nice portraits.

Managing to keep my gear dry and shooting wide open in the dark and gloomy late afternoon cloudy sky, I manage to capture this sweet face in the pasture.

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Dairy Cow Stowe Vermont by Edward M. Fielding

This is a Jersey cow or cattle are a small breed of dairy cattle. Originally bred in the Channel Island of Jersey, the breed is popular for the high butterfat content of its milk and the lower maintenance costs attending its lower body-weight, as well as its genial disposition.

They look a lot different than the type of cow typically raised for beef such as this fine fellow below seen on a small micro farm in Etna, New Hampshire.

Cow portrait by Edward M. Fielding
Beef Cow portrait by Edward M. Fielding

These cow portraits in black and white can be found in the extensive portfolios of fine art photographer Edward M. Fielding.  Fine art photographs of cows and farms in New England are available as prints, museum quality framed art, canvas prints, wood prints and more as well as on products such as tote bags and decor items such as throw pillows.

Cow – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/cow

Farm – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/farm

Tractors – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/tractor

Vermont – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/vermont


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The Old Grist Mills of New England

Old Grist Mill Vermont

Grist Mills – Before flour came in convenient sized bags and in a zillion versions like wheat,  whole-wheat, bleached, gluten-free, rye, potato, rice, pastry, corn meal etc.

Today its easy to shop for pre-ground flour.
Modern supermarkets offer a wide selection of specialty flours at your finger tips.

In the old days you had to grown your own grain, harvest it, dry it, separate the grain from the plant and take it to the local grist mill to have it ground into flour bay a water powered contraption between two giant stone disks called mill stones.  How much stone dust do you think people back then ate?

A gristmill (also: grist mill, corn mill or flour mill) grinds grain into flour. The term can refer to both the grinding mechanism and the building that holds it.

Whole communities sprang up around the available water sources and grist mills were such an important part of every day life that many have survived today and even more mill stones are around decorating people gardens or used as front steps.

Here is a collection of some of the mills I’ve photographed around New England.

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Old Grist Mill Vermont
Old Grist Mill Vermont by Edward M. Fielding

Located on Granby Road (just off Route 102) in Guildhall, Vermont, the Old Guildhall Grist Mill. In Guildhall was the Bailey Grist Mill was built below what is reputed to be the first wing dam built in the Connecticut. It was in operation until 1844. According to a petition submitted by one Enoch Bartlett to the Council and Representatives of the State of New Hampshire in 1780, the iron work, mill stones, gears, and other building materials, were plundered from a mill located on Dean Brook in Northumberland and transported across the Connecticut River for use in the Bailey mill.

More photographs of old grist mills from around New England can be found on Edward M. Fielding’s online portfolio of fine art photographs from around New England and beyond – https://edward-fielding.pixels.com/art/mill


New Release! Red Chairs by the Lake

Red Chairs by the Pond by Edward M. Fielding

Red Chairs – A new fine art print by Edward M. Fielding (www.edwardfielding.com) is now available as a canvas print (shown above), museum quality prints, framed and matted in custom sizes and frame choices (100s available) as well as metal, wood, acrylic prints and on products.  Click here to order your print of Red Chairs

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Perfect decor for your lake house, shot in New Hampshire but this relaxing image of two red chairs out by the lake is perfect for any lakeside home or simply for dreaming about sitting by the lake on a warm fall afternoon.

Anderson Pond is a small fifteen acre kettle pond within the residential development of Eastman in Grantham,Springfield and Enfield, New Hampshire. Eutrophic in
nature (fertile with abundant nutrients for plant production),
is becoming a little shallower as each year goes by. As silt builds
up on the bottom, a succession of plant life occurs called a
hydrosphere. What we see now are various water lilies and
pondweeds. As the water becomes even more shallow, reeds will
develop.

Spring brings a plethora of frog song from spring peepers,
bullfrogs, green frogs, leopard frogs and American toads. On
warmer days, painted and snapping turtles may be seen sunning
on the logs or a family of mergansers or mallards might occupy
the pond, sometimes joined by the great blue heron strutting
the shores on the lookout for fish.
Several species of fish inhabit the pond: perch, large and small
mouth bass and even a northern pike or two.

– excerpts from an article about Anderson Pond by Craig McArt and Renée Gustafson


New England Winter Scene with snow, red barn and vintage red tractor

Old tractor in the snow

Behind the Shot:  Classic New England Winter Scene

This is one of those photographs that has it all.  Snow, a great old red barn or more accurately, a maple syrup producing sugar shack and a great old red vintage tractor.

New England winter shots like these require a lot of planning.  Photographing winter in rural New Hampshire among the hills and dales, along the country lanes and over the forested mountains, can be a huge challenge in winter.

Most of the time there is no place to park.  Drainage ditches line the old country roads and snow plows are apt to come by at any moment to bury your car under a pile of slush and snow.

Best to plan ahead, keep track of points of interest that you wish to return to in winter, watch the weather reports and hope and pray that the farmer doesn’t move his old vintage tractor out of position.

These aren’t movie props ya know.  Farm equipment such as this great old red tractor are working essentials to the operation of these farms such as this one in Lyme, New Hampshire with its working maple syrup operation.

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In winter farm equipment might used to move firewood or push snow out of the path to the barn. Although often an old tractor like this one, even if it is still working, is probably used mostly in the summer for hay cutting.

A few tips on photographing classic New England winter landscapes such as this:

  • Plan out your shot before walking around the scene.  You don’t want to create a bunch of ugly footprints in the snow.
  • Avoid bright sun.  Sunlight can be harsh in winter with glare reflecting off the snow.  Overcast days are great for reducing shadows and preventing highlights from creating overly contrasty scenes.
  • Meter for snow.  Don’t let your snow turn gray because you didn’t use exposure compensation.  Add a stop of exposure to make sure your snow isn’t dull and gray.
  • Keep certain locations in mind for future photo shoots in different seasons.  For example this old tractor and farm in Hopkinton, NH is on my list for a revisit once winter sets in.  I shot it in the fall, now for a winter version of this scene.

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New England Winter Photographs by Edward M. Fielding

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A horse and red barn in the middle of a snow storm in the Stowe and Waterbury area of Vermont.

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The photogenic Jenne Farm in Vermont which as graced the cover of many a calendar.

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Trapp Family Lodge, stone chapel in the woods in Stowe, Vermont.

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A scene from the secret cross country area in Lyme,  New Hampshire.  A former scout summer camp, now a warming hut for cross country skiers.

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Hanover green in winter.  A snow covered green scene with bench on the Dartmouth College campus in downtown Hanover, New Hampshire.

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Wandering the back roads of New England

New England Photography by Edward M. Fielding

Here in the Upper Valley region of Vermont and New Hampshire around the Connecticut Rivers and in the foothills of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and valleys of Vermont’s Green Mountains, there are so many dirt and gravel back roads to lose one self.

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For a photographer chasing the brilliant changing leaves of Autumn foliage season, that brief time each fall when the forests explode with reds, oranges, yellows and green, these back roads can be a gold mine for finding compelling landscape subjects.

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Hundred year old wooden barns, stone walls stacked by farmers no doubt cursing their “rock crop” as the plowed the thin New England soil and later turned to raising sheep until the Australians killed that market and they sent their daughters down the valley to work in the mills making fabric and the factories along the river making rifles.

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Beach Cottages Along the Shoreline of Wells Maine

Edward Fielding sold a 12.000" x 6.750" print of Couple Sitting On An Old Jetty Siesta Key Beach Florida to a buyer from Phoenix, AZ.

Beach Cottages of the New England Coastline

I recently had a potential collector ask about my photograph of this row of Beach Cottages in Wells, Maine.  It’s interesting.  From my perspective as a photographer, I was interested in capturing and creating in post processing a feeling of summers at the beach in a row of old beach cottages that could represent a lot of places up and down the New England coastline.

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They wanted to know if it was Moody Beach or the beaches off of Atlantic Avenue.  I had to check the map to figure out exactly where it was taken.  Turns out it was Atlantic Avenue but for me it was just one leg of a fun road trip that started in Portsmouth, NH and meandered up the coast line stopping and exploring and ultimately leading to a great seafood dinner on the way home.  Off season exploring and an especially warm October weekend.

Most of the cottages appeared to be closed up for the season but there were a few people walking around enjoying some last season sun before Mother Nature drops into an long cold winter.

To me the two people walking towards the sun on the left makes this photograph.  Without them it would be a row of empty houses and perhaps have a more somber tone.  With the couple walking along, enjoying the beach the image speaks more to memories of a place, perhaps one from your youth or from a treasured vacation moment.

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My family had a cottage in a beach association just like this one.  It wasn’t on the water but it was a nice walk down the street with a red flyer wagon full of inflatable rafts, towels, beach blanket, pails, shovels, sunscreen and a few bucks for the ice cream man.

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My intent was creating an image that could represent anywhere and everywhere along the coast line where old fashioned non-existent zoning laws allowed cottages to be built right up to the water.  Dunes and climate change be damned, these summer houses were build up right before and then with gusto, after World War II when lumber started to become available again after the war time shortages.

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The hurricane of 1938 opened up a lot of lots along the shore front and human memory regarding catastrophic weather events is short lived.

Also called the Long Island Express, the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 was the most destructive storm to strike the region in the 20th century. The officially unnamed hurricane was born out a tropical cyclone that developed in the eastern Atlantic on September 10, 1938, near the Cape Verde Islands.

The cottage my grandfather built, to the size of a two car garage because that was all the lumber allowed after WWII, on a tiny lot , was about a half mile from the beach and the water from subsequent hurricanes and storms typically stopped at the house next door.

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The houses directly on the beach at Chalker Beach, CT and other shoreline communities up and down the coast weren’t so lucky and a number were destroyed after Sandy.  But two or three years later, they are rebuilt, bigger than ever.  I guess good insurance policies or simply digging deeper into the bank account made sure of that.  There always seems to be a new generation with more money to pump into a house built on sand but with a million dollar view.

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Lazy Summer Days at the Beach Cottage

New! Vintage Beach House Decor