Here is a soft pastel I did a few weeks ago. This is a scene at Francis Park here in south St. Louis. One of my favorite things is to combine architectural elements with nature. This makes for an interesting contrast. I like the structural, geometric forms, and how they interrelate with the soft, flowing elements of nature. I also like how the light and shadows play off of one another here. See how the tree shadows define the geometric lines of the steps, and the curb along the steps on the right? The open space in the background adds depth and dimension, contrasting with the vertical aspect of the plant leaves on the left.