Thursday, June 11, 2009

552 Westmoreland Park

Westmoreland Park plein air
18 x 24, pastel

I was determined to keep my painting grayed down today. I quickly realized how many pure pastels I have and how few grayed ones. That made my self-imposed task more difficult.

I always say that I learn a lot from every plein air painting. With this painting I learned that just because I am enamored of a certain portion of the painting, I should not ignore the problems with value. The lower left portion of the painting turned out so beautiful with the under painting, it looked just like water. However, it was too light to make sense in the painting. Next time ...

Overall, I had a great experience in a park with plentiful subject matter, good people, and I came home with a pretty good painting.


Celeste Bergin said...

I love that bridge--every time I visit Westmoreland I think about painting that scene. Good work here--I hope to be with you next time. Your water does look water-y!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Thank you! It's always nice when some things turn out right.

I have a lot to learn from painting there. Let's do it.