Thursday, June 30, 2016

Guilford Station, Thursday June 30.
Patty, Pat, and Veronica painted at the station. Patty painted the old water tower and garage from the shade of her car. Pat and Veronica sat in the breezy shade of the station platform and painted the station building, a puzzle of diagonal and vertical lines. Several Amtrak and Acela trains roared through and one Shoreline East train took on and discharged passengers. It is a very pleasant place to paint! Tom came by, having painted at the Guilford Docks again today.

Sorry, no photos of paintings today, and we were a little surprised that so few people joined us. I hope everyone who receives the blog post will remind other painters to sign up for these email posts at

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Call to Paint at the Guilford Train Station, Thursday June 30, 9 to 12.

Weather should be lovely, and you can find shade there if you wish. Directions are on the blog at

I will be on vacation for the next two Thursdays after this one. The painting locations will be: July 7, Chaffinch Island Park; July 14, Clinton Landing. Again, directions are on the blog site.

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See you on Thursday.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

Despite the forecast for showers, the weather at the Guilford Docks (Marina) was beautiful this morning. Several painters were there: Tom, Denise, Betsey, Pat, Veronica, Pam, and Diana. As usual, the boats and the shack were the main attractions. Some painters left early, so not too many photos this week.

A reminder: the paint-out schedule has been modified for next week only, Thursday June 30. Instead of the Deep River Landing, we will paint at the Guilford Train Station. Please spread the word - not all our painters are registered to receive emails from the CTSA blog.

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Monday, June 20, 2016

Call to Paint, Thurs June 23, Town Docks, Guilford 9-12

We will be at the Guilford Town Docks (directions under Directions to Venues). Beautiful views of Grass Island with its shack, fishing boats, pleasure boats, the Lobster Pound and more. There's plenty of parking. It could be a bit rainy, according to the forecast. I remind you that it is your decision whether to take a chance with the weather. We will not be switching days; the schedule will only be for Thursdays.

The Summer Paint-Out Schedule on the blog at has one change. On June 30, instead of Deep River Landing, we will paint at the Guilford Train Station. You'll find directions under Directions to Venues. Please make a note of this change.

Friday, June 17, 2016

On Thursday, June 16, the group painted at Mercy Center in Madison.

It was lovely at the Mercy Center.  The water was so calm & relaxing - nothing like the stormy weather in North Guilford when I (Patty) left home this morning.   The Mercy Center is always a peaceful place to paint and today's weather was perfect whether painting on the beach or doing landscapes. 

We had a good turnout. Polly, George, Denise, Cheryl, Laura, Betsey, Liz, Lorraine, Rosemary, Jay Babina, Jeanne, Diana, and Patty enjoyed the calm waters of Long Island Sound and serenity of Mercy Center. 

It looks like many of you were on the beach. Usually when we go, it’s too hot to be on the beach.   I’m glad that you all had that opportunity.  I’ve attached some pics that Jay and Betsey sent me (I had to leave early). 

Monday, June 13, 2016

CTSA Call to Paint Thursday, June 16, Mercy Center, Madison 9-12

We have permission to paint at Mercy Center in Madison this coming Thursday from 9 - 12.   You can access the bathrooms via the front main entrance.  Bring your lunch and enjoy the day overlooking Long Island Sound on these extraordinary grounds.  We will meet at the gazebo area for lunch around noon.

This will be my last Thursday paint out as I am no longer able to paint on Thursdays.  Therefore, Veronica Soell, one of the original founders of this group seven years ago, will be coordinating the Thursday paint outs and posting the summary of the day’s paint out on the blog with help from Patty McGuire, so please sign up for the email alerts on the blog or simply go to the blog for the schedule ( 

Here is the summer schedule for the CTSA Thursday paint outs. 

June 9 - Thomas Griswold House
June 16- Mercy Center
June 23 - Guilford Docks
June 30  - Deep River Landing
July 7- Chaffinch Island   
July 14 - Clinton Landing
July 21 - Medad Tavern
July 28  - Stony Creek
Aug 4 - Essex Train
Aug 11 -  Chaffinch Island
Aug 18  - Bruce & Johnson
Aug 25 - Florence Griswold
Sept 1 - Guilford Green

I hope to see you all some time later this summer (after I get settled with my new puppy) when I start scheduling Fridays as a second or alternative CTSA paint out day. 



 Heading north/east on  I-95 take exit 59 (Goose Lane). Turn right onto Soundview Road, and stay left. After about 50 yards, turn left (east) onto Boston Post Road. After about 2.2 miles, turn right (southeast) onto Neck Road.

Heading south/west on I-95, take Exit 60. Turn left (south) onto Mungertown Road.  After about 0.6 mi., bear left (east) onto Boston Post Road Rte.1. After about  0.2 mi., turn right (southeast) onto Neck Road.

Once on Neck Road, after about 100 yards, turn turn right again (south), continuing on Neck Road. Travel about 3/4 mile to Mercy Center. Driveway is on the left immediately before the brick school building. Follow the long, narrow driveway, bearing right, into the parking lot in front of the main building. If you like big old trees for your subject, you need go no further.  Follow the paved path to the water. To reach the greenhouse, gardens, and waterfront follow the path that bears around to the left (east) of the main building.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Today we painted at the Thomas Griswold House in Guilford. We had a good turnout: Kate, Keiko, Laura, Cheryl, Betsey, Veronica, Rosemary, Jay Bright, Denise, Jay Babina,  and Patty. The day was bright and blustery with scudding clouds that constantly changed the light. Patty took today's photos.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Call to Paint, Thursday June 9, Thomas Griswold House, 9-noon

Even though the forecast is for 17 mph winds, they are coming from the WNW.  The temperature is going to be 70 degrees and sunny.  So it’s perfect for someplace like The Thomas Griswold House.  We do have permission to be on the property anytime to paint, however, the museum is only open on Fri and Sat and no one can be there this Thursday to keep it open for us.  Since the house will be locked, there won’t be an accessible bathroom.  The town hall or library on the green are both close enough if you need a bathroom.

I will try to make it.  Hope you all have a good paint out.

DIRECTIONS to THOMAS GRISWOLD HOUSE,  171 Boston Street, Guilford
 From I-95, take Exit 59 – Goose Lane. Turn south on Goose Lane. Go straight across Route 1 onto Soundview Road, and at the stop sign turn right (west) on Boston Street. After about 0.6 mile, the Griswold House will be on your left.

From points west of Guilford, take exit 58, take a right (south) on route 77 and drive till you dead end on the green.  Turn left, take next right, turn left onto Boston St and continue ~ ½ mile.  Griswold house will be on your right.

Notes from June 2, 2016

Jay, Kate, Joan McP, Denise, Cheryl, Tony, Isabel, Anne, Sharon, Diana, Tom, Veronica, Patty, Pam, Betsey, Rosanne, Jay, and Sally enjoyed a beautiful day at Dudley Farm.  Did I forget anyone?  And some of my candid shots of people painting didn’t turn out well so I didn’t send them, sorry if I disappointed anyone. 

If only every summer day was like today! -Sally