Here is a piece I painted last winter with a painting buddy at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Since it was cold outside, we decided to paint at the temperate house. I was very drawn to this lovely bronze statue of a little boy playing the recorder. I have 2 sons, and for some reason this one reminds me of my younger son Andrew. There is something about the tilt of his head, and his general demeanor that reminds me of Andrew. I love how he is reflected in the pond, along with some of the greenery growing around him.
I gave myself a wonderful gift for my birthday. I went to Forest Park here in St Louis
Missouri to paint en plein air. My sister came out and joined me for part of the painting session, which was an added bonus! I painted the visitor’s center. This is one of the many charming old buildings in this town. St Louis has much beautiful, older architecture. I remember spending hours with my art teacher at age 8 learning to paint cubes, cylinders, spheres, etc. and learning how to shade them to make them look 3 dimensional. This is probably why I enjoy painting buildings to this day.
It was a perfect spring day. The sun was shining, and it was warm without being hot. I had lots of people stop by to talk to me, and they were all very gracious.
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.
Here is a still life I painted with an artist friend at her place. It is an interesting juxtaposition of a large conch shell, a jade buddha statue, and some pears and apples. I did this in soft pastel. I used more of a linear approach this time instead of using the side of the pastel stick, and I like the texture. I accentuated the light by making the darks a bit darker than they actually were. I also simplified the background by making it abstract.
We had a nice prolonged autumn this year, due to mild temperatures. I painted this en plein air at the very end of November here in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. This is in the Holly Hills area, which is a beautiful part of south St. Louis. Fall is my favorite time of the year. A week prior, I had run into a fellow artist Henryk Ptasiewicz painting this very scene in oils. He inspired me so much, as did this beautiful maple tree, that I came back and painted it myself the following week. He also got me connected to Jane Flanders, who is now my painting buddy. I’m glad I painted while I had the chance, because now, it is 6 degrees F, and very much winter.
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.
Several years ago, I had an art studio in the Soulard neighborhood just south of downtown St. Louis. One half block west of there, on Menard Street, I decided to plein air paint these intricate Victorian turn of the century homes. I painted this on a blue toned pastel paper, and allowed this to show throughout the painting. This is a celebration of color and light!
I had great fun painting this. I remember standing on the other side of the street, and a guy who owned the nearby bar whistled his appreciation and said he would consider buying it. I remember soaking up the warm late spring sun (it was June), and enjoying the violet red roses growing right nearby, and the backyard garden of said nearby bar. I like the way the shadow looks on the building to the left. I love detail, as you can see from this. The Soulard neighborhood has blocks and blocks of houses like this, as do surrounding areas of Benton Park and Lafayette neighborhoods. This is only a few blocks from the famous Anheuser Busch Breweries, an old St Louis tradition, as well as Soulard Market, an open air market that opened in the 1700’s.