Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Plein air in the Rhododendron Garden

The heat has abated enough for me and a friend to spend an afternoon out—in the shade, by the water—having a little plein air session in the Rhododendron Garden at Crystal Springs, a shared favorite place just to be, let alone to paint. With all that water around us, it was probably in the low 70s where we were sitting, which was lovely.

I was a little tentative about trying to paint the waterfall, because I hadn't even tried one in about 40 years. I was really happy about the backlighting we had, though, and tucked into the shrubbery with relish. I did the water later, at home, from the photos I took, and I clearly need a lot more practice with it. But it's done, and I'm back my other projects. It was really nice to paint outside again, especially in that garden. My garden's in the late summer doldrums, just one hint of yellow in the grape foliage so far, so there's not much inspiration to paint out there. It was nice to go some place new.

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