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.
Spring is such a lovely season. After the cold and dark of winter, the warmth and sun are such a welcome relief to me. A little while back, I painted this en plein air at a local microbrewery in a small town in Missouri. It is an uphill view, and shows the play of light and color of the sun shining through a crabapple tree. It has a soft, dreamy feel about it. That is how I was feeling that day when I painted it. I remember listening to old 60’s tunes that the brewery was playing, and it gave me a nostalgic feeling. I was little kid in the 1960’s. There was a charming older home at the top of the hill.
Today, I took my younger son Andrew to visit my mom. We gave her a very nice lavender scented candle, and a bright yellow kalachoe plant. She decided to buy my paintings called “Six Canoes”. It is an oil painting I did at Creve Coeur Lake in north St. Louis county. This is where our family sails, and they also have a rental place for stand up paddle boards, canoes, and paddle boats. One day, as I was sitting by the rental place, I noticed this lady in a fuschia bathing suit on a SUP. I really liked how you could see the canoes and stacks of chairs along the shore. I pumped up the light and warmth in the sky. I also like how the canoes are all from a different perspective from left to right. One of the canoes is hard to locate, but it is there. Can you find it?