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.