Yesterday my husband and I went to Forest Park, only 20 minutes from out home, and set up at the top of the Grand Basin in Forest Park. This is in St Louis, Missouri. It was a very warm, sunny, and breezy day. The redbuds were blooming, and the trees had their tender light green leaves just sprouting. I loved the way you could see the other 2 lakes in the distance among the trees.
I did this painting in pastel on indigo blue Canson Mi Tientes Touch pastel board. The dark blue was a very good background color, as that easily provided the shadows. It was a very relaxing and peaceful day for me, and I really enjoyed doing this piece. A very friendly and nice photographer named Kerry Klein introduced himself to me, and we talked for a bit.
I was inspired by the beautiful warm sun, the fresh colorful spring leaves and flowers, and the serene peaceful water. I love the way the sun comes through the little spaces in the bridge too.