My love for Olana runs deep.
I wish I could remember the first time I visited it; it was probably at a time that I choose not to remember, like when I was raising two kids alone, working, and going to graduate school.
But I am a sucker for romance, landscapes, Victorian painting, and exotic architecture, so I fell in love at first sight.
I have made several paintings and numerous sketches of the site and landscape, and photographed it many times, during different hours and during all four seasons. I have been married there on the autumnal equinox at sunset. I have embellished my house with decorative objects that I have bought in the gift shop. I have sipped on wine and watched the sun set over the Hudson. I have heard the crunch of snow and ice, and felt the suction of mud on my boots on a late winter day. I have watched the sun reflect the windows at sunset, and witnessed the house turn a liquid gold on a hot summer day. I fantasize about living in the house and painting the landscape from the view in Church's studio. But I am sure I can't, so the photos document what I love oh so much.
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Top photo is one of my paintings, other photos taken over various visits.