Basking in Spring Sun Plein Air Painting

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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. IMG_0607.jpg

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 IMG_0592.jpgfriendly 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.

Here is the link to my website where this painting is for sale. 

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Boxwood Garden in Pastel

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.

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“Boxwood Garden”, pastel on pastel board, 24″ x 18″

“Basin at Seiwa En”

I love this peaceful, serene fountain at the entrance to the Seiwa En garden in the Missouri Botanical Garden here in St Louis.  In late summer, my husband and I spent a day here while I painted this in plein air in soft pastels.  It was a breezy, partly cloudy day.  That made it somewhat of a challenge to paint this, since I started out with a sunny day, but it was overcast at the end of my painting sessions.  I will never get tired of the beauty of this place.  This is a very quiet and subtle fountain, with a tiny stream of water that gently runs through the bamboo cane and drips into the basin.  Here is the listing in my store.

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Basic at Seiwa En, soft pastel

Plein Air Painting of Fountain Behind Ridgeway Center

My husband had a day off work, and we had the privilege to spend the day at the Missouri Botanical Garden on a beautiful balmy and sunny September Day.  We sat on a bench in the shade, and I painted this sunny, splashy fountain with soft pastels.  I like how the sun dappled the water and the surrounding patio.  I also love the sun dappling on the water of the fountain itself, as well as the droplets of water surrounding the water spurts.

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Fountain Behind Ridgeway Center, soft pastel