Soft Pastel on Wallis Belgian Mist paper 8.5x11.5"
I had time for this quick little piece this afternoon. I've been traveling light my last few times out. Rather than the heavy wooden pastel box I've brought just my Terry Ludwig 60 Deborah Paris' Plein Air set in my back pack. Not as many colors but more freedom!
I spent a beautiful Earth day afternoon at the Minnesota Arboretum. With the warm weather that we have had in Minneapolis the trees were nearly in full bloom and the tulips were gorgeous. I hope to get back to paint the pink crab apples.
I discovered a sweet park in Minneapolis, yesterday. Peace Park next to Lake Harriet is named well. The crowds running and biking around the lake don't seem to have the time to take a break in this tranquil little space. Luckily, I had the time and my pastels.
99% plein air from a trip to Florida a couple of weeks ago but removed a tree that I didn't like from the right-hand side of the composition. I had used vine charcoal for the tree so I was able to sweep it away with a stiff oil brush.
Just a little study to post today. The weather was warm this week (I'm in Minnesota) so took a little camping trip to William O'Brian State Park on the St. Croix river. I've whittled down the number of pastels that I bring with me when I'm hiking to a cardboard box of 60 Ludwig soft pastels and a few dark nupastels. It's great to always have my pastels with me but without the weight of a large wooden box, easel, etc. And I feel freer to create a little study rather than the more difficult task of a finished work of art.
I love to walk out on the flats in Provincetown's west end at low tide. I usually bring my camera. This summer I plan to bring my easel and see if I can capture the reflections before the tide washes me away.
Thanks to Paul Hudson for kindly donating the use of his beautiful reference photo to help provide relief for Haiti. This piece will be auctioned by 140 Hours special "140hours Haitian Relief Art Auction"commencing 1.29.10 @9:00 pm EST and ending 1.31.10 @9:00 pm EST w/100% going to help rescue agencies on the ground in Haiti.