I’m very pleased with how this pastel painting turned out. It is of the boxwood garden at the Missouri Botanical Garden. I really like the contrast of the vertical brickwork in the foreground left and the fountains on the lower right, with the horizontals of the garden behind it. It is very colorful. There is a warm, sunny feel to this piece. You can see the gazebo through the round opening in the brick wall. I really enjoyed creating this painting.
Here is a still life I painted with an artist friend at her place. It is an interesting juxtaposition of a large conch shell, a jade buddha statue, and some pears and apples. I did this in soft pastel. I used more of a linear approach this time instead of using the side of the pastel stick, and I like the texture. I accentuated the light by making the darks a bit darker than they actually were. I also simplified the background by making it abstract.
I did this painting with my painting buddy Jane. It was fall, and again in Carondelet Park, which is just a few blocks from my home. This is one of the old pavilions in the park. This was a bit more challenging than just a regular quadrangle, since there is a semi-hexagonal section in the middle. I love the older Victorian architecture in many of the city parks in St Louis.
I’ve gone from spring, to autumn, to winter. Here is a small oil painting I did of Carondelet Park in the winter. I had just gotten a wonderful new plein air easel, and was very excited about that. It is the Soltek easel. I LOVE it!!! Man, is it quick and easy to set up and take down. This is horseshoe lake in the park, as seen from south. The building is either a utility building, or restrooms. I like how the red roof shows up in the muted colors of winter.
I’m a bit out of order here. I had painted this en plein air last autumn with my painting buddy Jane Flanders. This is in Carondelet Park, by the corner of Holly Hills and Leona. The tree is a maple tree. Carondelet Park has a lot of karst landscape. St Louis has a lot of caverns underneath it, and when these collapse, it forms a basin, as you can see here. I like the effect of the background even better than the orange and red tree. This is done in pastel.
Missouri has a very short spring, and it is mostly wet and rainy. I’ve heard many people here say we go right from winter to summer, and that’s mostly true. Yesterday was one of those idyllic spring days where it is sunny and 75 degrees, everything is colorful and luminous, and it just takes your breath away. I was very blessed (thank you Jesus) to be able to paint, even though my mother was in the hospital because she fell twice. (I went to see her last night).
Tower Grove Park is a Victorian era park that was built by Henry Shaw. It was originally planned to be a private estate. It has charming old bridges and pavilions in it. I couldn’t help but admire this little foot bridge with the beautiful pink and white dogwoods in bloom nearby.
I was born and raised in the tropics (Venezuela). Now, I’m in Missouri, USA. I really miss the tropical weather in winter! So, I decided to go to the Missouri Botanical Garden Temperate House, and paint this romantic little scene of vines trailing along a Mediterranean stucco wall. This is done in soft pastels, en plein air.