I am sorry I was too lazy to follow some of you up the hill -- the views and your paintings are great! I was so tired that evening that couldn't even stand up in front of my easel, so, instead, I went down to the springs, sat on the bench there and did this study of the grasses and springs. Oil on Raymar board, 12"x16".
It was a beautiful evening to paint from the Union Terrace. I sketched for a while from the Terrace and then went over just west of the Union Theatre. It was pretty peaceful over there with a great view of Picnic Point. I think it would be a good place to paint a nocturne, too.
I got around to adjusting the values in the sky which I had originally painted much too dark that evening. I was not sure I could paint that much lighter over darker pastel but I brushed a lot of the darker colors off and I think it worked out ok. The ground is Pastelmat, a French paper made by Clairefontaine and it is one of my favorite papers. It is not a sanded paper but still allows a lot of layering and comes in great colors for landscape painting. This one was Buttercup which along with Maize are really nice ground colors for summer pastels.
Here are my paintings from the last two DCPAPA outings. Vilas Park and Pheasant Branch Park - the view from Fredericks Hill. Both paintings I tweaked just a bit in my studio. It continues to amaze me how different the paintings can look when viewed indoors. I am pleased that I can see some progress in my painting and that I continue to keep a positive attitude. Both paintings are 9 x 12 on panel using Daniel Smith water soluble oils.
It was a very nice evening at Vilas and I plan to go there again tonight only a little later. The light really got nice after 7pm and looked best after 8pm. The problem is that it doesn't last long! But I thought I would try having my gear all set up and try a couple quick pastels. Pastels are a real advantage when speed is an issue. Last night I painted this small gouache on 6 x 6 Aquaboard.
We had a good group and a nice evening for painting at Vilas Park yesterday. When the sun set there was just a beautiful sky and light on the distant lake shore. Unfortunately I had already finished painting and was packing up. I'm thinking of painting a series of Madison lake shore scenes. So in addition to my Lake Wingra (just a small slice of it) painting from yesterday I'm attaching another painting from my series (of Lake Monona). Doesn't every painting need a distant sailboat?
Had a nice evening and good turnout for painting at Pleasant Branch Creek. Even had a couple ambitious people climb the hill to paint. Despite polite compliments from people walking along the trail where I was painting my painting was pretty awful. But I liked the scene so I used my first effort as a study and did this painting today. So it's not plein air, but it's the same view.
We will paint at Pheasant Branch Conservancy on Wednesday June 7th starting 4:30-5 PM. Yesterday I climbed to the top of Frederick's Hill and painted a pastel of the creek. It is a long way to carry much gear but I got it all in one backpack. I took the small version of a Heilman pastel carrier which only weighs 4 lbs when packed compared to the Backpack size which weighs 7 lbs. The problem is picking the right colors because you have so much less room. I will repack the pastels today bearing in mind what colors I needed yesterday that I didn't have. Most important is having a good range of values. Using the small box forces me to think hard about color and value and it is much easier to carry up that hill. The path winds around and it is a long hike if you have a heavy load. But it is nice and cool and shady at the top.