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.