Sun, Aug. 26, 2018 – 8:30am – Mashamoquet Brook State Park

276 Mashamoquet Road. Pomfret, CT 06259

We will be painting in this beautiful park located in Putnam next Sunday, August 26. Surrounded by forrest, the Mashamoquet Brook snakes through the park, with views from both sides facilitated by a walking bridge. With abundant hiking trails, there is also a small swimming pond filled with children and their reflections in the water.
Mashamoquet park is located just past Rte. 97, a truly scenic road connecting Brooklyn to Woodstock. Anyone traveling south from Rte 44 will find We-Like-it Ice Cream, some say the best ever.
  • From the east/(Providence, RI): Take Route 6 west onto Route 101 west. Go west on Route 101 through Dayville until it ends at Route 44 in Pomfret. Continue straight ahead onto Route 44 west for approximately 1 mile, Mashamoquet Brook State Park is on your left.
  • From the west/(Hartford): Take Route 84 east, Exit 69. At the end of the exit ramp, take a right onto Route 74 east. Go east on Route 74 until it ends. At the end of Route 74, take a left onto Route 44 east for approximately 10.9 miles, Mashamoquet Brook State Park is on your right.
  • From the south/(Norwich): Take Route 395 north, Exit 41. At the end of the exit ramp, take a left onto Route 101 West. Stay on Route 101 until it ends at Route 44. Continue straight ahead on Route 44 west for approximately 1 mile, Mashamoquet Brook State Park is on your left.


I’m so happy to discover this location again, after completing a winter painting here a few seasons ago. If you like painting water, running fast and slow, with rocks and rapids juxtaposed with a quiet pond with children on the shore, this is your site!

I hope to see you there!

Paint Out Chair,
Shauna Shane

276 Mashamoquet Road. Pomfret, CT 06259

Sun, Aug. 12, 2018 – 8:30am – Mohegan Park

Mohegan Park, Norwich CT

CPAPS Paint Out at Mohegan Park, Norwich CT August 12, beginning at 8:30 AM:

This park offers a variety of painting possibilities including

  • A swimming area teaming with children in the water and on the beach,
  • a large fountain next to arched trellises supporting climbing roses,
  • and a small inlet leading to a red footbridge (my favorite spot).

The website lists the address as Mohegan Park Road, Norwich. (Main parking by the swimming area).

Also, John Edwards Drive/Wilderness Rd, Norwich CT (brings you to the lot closest to the red bridge)

The link above will take you to the parking lot closest to that bridge, and the included map indicates a drop off point right next to the inlet.

There is also a parking area following signs to the rose garden, with bathroom facilities in a park building.

I hope to see you there!


Also of note in Norwich; many of you are familiar with the Slater Museum’s collection of plaster cast reproductions of European sculptures including the Winged Victory. They never fails to impress and are wonderful to draw.  The museum’s website indicates the gallery is open on Sundays from 1:00 till 4:00 PM.

Paint out Chair, Shauna Shane

Mohegan Park, Norwich CT

Sun, July 15, 2018 – 9:00am – Kent Falls State Park

For most of us this is quite a ways, but the drive is beautiful and the town of Kent is worth visiting. There are at least three excellent art galleries open Sunday afternoon, including the Morrison Gallery and the Kent Art Association. I contacted that group and some of their members might come out to join us.

Kent Falls is the highest in CT, composed of a series of falls accessed by steps going up the mountain. Every level produced another view and another challenge, as it was pretty steep. I plan to reduce my normal supplies to a minimum since, though there is much to paint without climbing, the view from two tiers up was amazing and worth the effort. Because of the heavy rain lately, the Falls should be going much stronger than when I was there last Tuesday afternoon. And although they say not to swim, there were many people doing just that. Should be fun!

Consider carpooling, and come see a beautiful part of Connecticut.
462 Kent Cornwall Road (Rte. 7)

Kent CT

Paint Out Chair, Shauna Shane

Kent Falls State Park, 462 Kent Cornwall Road (Rte. 7) Kent CT

Sun, July 15, 2018 – 9:00am – Paint Out at Harkness Memorial State Park

Harkness Memorial State Park
275 Great Neck Road
Waterford, CT06385

Harkness Park will be our next paint out scheduled for Sunday, July 15, beginning at 9:00.

Many of you have painted this location that offers an Italian mansion, formal gardens with statuary, columns, and a wonderful view of the sound. However, new pictures on their website indicate that the property and gardens have been updated, and there are many more gardens than the last time I painted this beautiful estate. A walk around the property reveals an unlimited painting resource, there is something for everyone here.

This is also new: the website said that parking fees are not charged to cars with CT plates.

For those interested: Harkness volunteer docents lead guided tours on weekends. The first tour starts at 10:00 am and the last starts promptly at 1:30 pm. Donations for tours are welcome and most appreciated.

Harkness Memorial State Park, 275 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT 06385

Sun, July 1, 2018 – 8:30am – Paint Out at Huntington Homestead

36 Huntington Road (Rt. 14), Scotland CT

We are honored to be featured in the celebration “Historic Impressions: Plein Air Painting at the Huntington Homestead. This remarkably well-preserved site includes an eighteenth century house on its original foundation surrounded by acres of farmland, bordered by Merrick Brook. It includes old-growth trees, stone walls, a beaver pond, scenic outbuildings, an abandoned road, and other interesting features.

The town of Scotland is one of the most scenic farmland areas of Connecticut, with a quaint main street lined with many classic historical homes.

This is a special event built around our painting of this site as a way to introduce folks to the plein air tradition. I know it will be a hot day, but I hope you will consider coming out to support this event.

See you there…

Paint Out Chair

Shauna Shane

Huntington Homestead, 36 Huntington Road (Rt. 14), Scotland, CT 06264

Sun, June 24, 2018 – 8:30am – Paint Out at Gillette Castle

I was expecting to take us to a lavender farm in Killingworth, but when I visited there Monday afternoon I was disappointed that the property was not as picturesque as the website indicated. So, heading home, I turned into Gillette castle and was pleasantly surprised at the number of painting possibilities there. I know that if we have painted there as a group, it has been several years ago. So….GILLETTE CASTLE it is. I was fascinated with the grounds, and am anxious to have a chance to explore even more.

Following are some excerpts from comments on the web:

“Outside on the grounds, Gillette’s influence is in evidence. The trails often follow, over trestle and through tunnel, the actor’s three mile long narrow gauge railroad. Gillette’s own walking paths were constructed with near-vertical steps, stone-arch bridges, and wooded trestles spanning up to forty feet. Other outdoor attractions include a vegetable cellar, the railroad station (Grand Central), and Gillette’s goldfish pond.”

“the spectacular view of the Connecticut River is almost worth the trip alone.”

“The guided tour of this enigma castle is worth taking, the mystery of this place is worth exploring, and the view from the terrace is breathtaking, with the river in front from the top of the mountain.“

I will have the sign in table near  the walkway leaving the parking area.

Also: I’m curious about the ferry and think I might take it across for the experience. Here is information about the ferry:


In Hadlyme 
From the East Side of the Connecticut River 
Route 148 off Route 82 
Follow Signs to Ferry landing

In Chester 
From the West Side of the Connecticut River 
Route 9 South or North 
To Exit 6, Route 148 
Follow signs to Ferry landing

$6.00 Per Vehicle weekends

$2.00 Walk on Rate for Pedestrians and Bicyclist all days

Gillette Castle State Park - 67 River Road, East Haddam, CT 06423

Sun, June 3, 2018 – 8:30am – Salmon River State Forest Paint Out

Salmon River State Forest, East Hampton, CT

The next CPAPS paint out will be at Salmon River State Forest in East Hampton. We were at the Comstock Bridge area last September, but on the other side, from Rte. 16, there are additional river views that are spectacular, especially the unique flat rocks in the river. In addition, there are bathroom facilities, at this location. With this central location and some with the prediction of good weather, I’m hoping we will have a good turnout.
  • From the Hartford area: take Route 2 east, Exit 16. Follow Route 149 south for 3.2 miles. Turn right onto Route 16 west. Follow Route 16 west for 1.9 miles. Turn left into the recreation area.
  • From the New London area: follow Route 11 north onto Route 2 west, Exit 18. Follow Route 16 west for 6.2 miles. Turn left into the recreation area.
  • From the Norwich area: take Route 2 west, Exit 18. Follow Route 16 west for 6.2 miles; turn left into the recreation area.
  • From the Middletown area: follow Route 66 east onto Route 16. Follow Route 16 east for 5.5 miles. Turn right into recreation area.

See you there!

Paint Out Chair,
Shauna Shane

Salmon River State Forest, East Hampton, CT

Sun, May 20, 2018 – 8:30am – Gwyn Careg Inn

68 Wolf Den Road, Pomfret CT

The Gwyn Careg estate is nestled upon 14 acres of manicured landscape, including a majestic enclosed Spanish Garden, century old specimen trees and rhododendrons, perennial gardens blooming every season, a courtyard surrounded by a picturesque 10 foot high Spanish stone wall, and a soothing, picturesque three-acre pond surrounded by open fields. The Inn itself is registered on the National Historic Registry.
This is the very best paint out location possible for this time of year. I have had the honor of painting this garden in every season of the year, and this is by far my favorite; the dogwoods are in full bloom, as are the many spring flowers. CPAPS painted here last year later in the season, and everyone was enthusiastic about returning. There is ample parking, though the restroom access will depend upon the owners being on the premises. If she is not, we can find facilities a mile or so down the road.
Note: any artists who have considered workshops gathering students from outside Connecticut might consider this venue, as it offers not just an inn, but literally dozens of painting locations within 5 miles.
Come paint with us Sunday the 20th of May and enjoy this beautiful location in the Quiet Corner of Connecticut.Paint Out Chair,
Shauna Shane

Gwyn Careg Inn, 68 Wolf Den Road, Pomfret CT

CPAPS Paint Out at Wickham Park, Sunday, May 6

1329 Middle Turnpike West, Manchester CT 06040

 Note: Wickham Park will be open for us any time after 8:45 AM, with a fee of $7.00 per vehicle. This is a beautiful private park, not supported by any town or state funding.

With over 25 acres containing 10 different theme gardens, this park offers our painters an amazing opportunity. For instance, the English Garden contains three “garden rooms,” designed to have flowers in bloom all season long. The staff at this park welcome us and are very helpful; there are bathrooms, and parking through the park. The trees are in bloom, lots of early flowers, as well as many columns, pergolas, and fountains. Also, don’t miss the aviary with its gateways, peacocks and various waterfowl.

There are two items that we need to keep in mind:

An event scheduled on the hilltop Cabin Garden area at noon, so anyone painting there must plan to exit by 11:30 so that area can be prepared.
The oriental garden will be unavailable from 10 – 11:00 AM.

Our table will be located at the first parking lot, please sign in with your name and phone, and your email if you are not receiving notices from us. I hope to see you there!

Wickham Park, 1329 Middle Turnpike W, Manchester, CT

Sun, April 22, 2018 – 8:30am – Elizabeth B. Karter Watch Rock Preserve

Elizabeth B. Karter Watch Rock Preserve

I received news this afternoon that we cannot paint on the Griswold Point property. I am extremely disappointed, but there is another great painting location in the same vicinity that I think will be very satisfying: Elizabeth Karter Watch Rock Preserve. It offers a view of an expansive marsh and historic railroad bridge across the Connecticut River, and walking a few feet you can see several scenic islands in the distance.

The northern portion of the preserve is located at the mouth of Duck River, a small waterway that flows through town before emptying into the marsh under a railroad trestle.

All trails are fairly short, and lead to the preserve’s must-see path along the shoreline of Watch Rock with views of Great Island, the Connecticut River, and its craggy rock shoreline. I know many painters frequent this location, but there is a walk to Watch Rock.

Directions:The Watch Rock property is reached by taking McCurdy Road from the center of town, crossing 156, and turning right on Joel Drive. Then a left and a quick right bring you to the entrance and the parking lot. 

From the East: Take I-95 South to exit 70. Turn left onto Lyme Street and follow for 0.75 miles. Turn right onto Ferry Road and continue for 0.3 miles. Turn left onto Shore Road/Route 156. Continue for a mile until you turn right onto Noyes Road. Turn right onto Frontage Road. Turn right onto Joel Drive opposite McCurdy Drive. Parking lot is located at the end of Joel Drive.

From the West: Take I-95 North to exit 70. Turn right onto Neck Road/Route 156 and continue for 1.3 miles. Turn right onto Noyes Road. Turn right onto Frontage Road. Turn right onto Joel Drive opposite McCurdy Drive. Parking lot is located at the end of Joel Drive.

No bathroom facilities are available.

Elizabeth B. Karter Watch Rock Preserve, Old Lyme, CT 06371, USA