Saturday, March 13, 2010

LAKESIDE PARK

8x16 oil on canvas

After a very difficult week, I joined several artist friends today for a much needed respite from school and home. This painting did not begin easily, it began as a different view of Lakeside Park, but it soon became a lovely color of mud after wiping down my first start only to begin anew. As beautiful as it was in Dallas today, my mind was on information overload. This area in Highland Park is lovely, trees are beginning to bud, children were romping through the park, and dogs were happily tugging on leashes, but boy did I struggle. This painting almost became another wiped out canvas until I picked up the palette knife and attempted to try something a little different.

In addition to my regular painting friends, I had the pleasure of painting with Ann Rogers. This was Ann's first time to try a little plein air painting, and despite my painting difficulties and whining because I was cold, Ann happily painted and her amazing results can be seen here. Apparently I did not whine that much, because Ann has agreed to meet up with us again.

Thank you so much for your thoughtful words of comfort for our little Zoe; you have each helped my family more than you could ever know. Take care!

14 comments:

AutumnLeaves said...

Angela, I think this is gorgeous! Both the composition and the palette are simply beautiful. There is a bit of an impressionistic feel to the piece too. So cool that you got to meet up with Ann. I'd probably have been whining harder than you!

Ann Rogers said...

Angela, maybe you should "whine" more often if this is the result that it gets..it's absolutely beautiful..a wonderful reminder of a perfect day. Thanks for the link to "my day in the park" with you and all the other new artists that I met! Looking forward to the next plein air outing.

Dana Cooper said...

I'm glad you were able to start your respite with this beautiful calm scene. Your frustrations with plein air are familiar, but I'm glad you were able to push forward to create this lovely piece.

Linda said...

This is a lovely painting! As I was running errands yesterday here in Ft. Worth I was thinking it was a great day to paint. Happy that you and your friends took advantage of the sunshine. It's good for the soul.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Angela, I love the reflection that you captured!!!

martinealison said...

Hi Angela,
I think your ZoƩ helped you to go on and find in youself all your creativity. And when i see this painting i can imagine you find again the peace. I'm sure you'll keep it with a lot of love...
Your painting is beautiful Angel. Painting helps us in the life...
Kindest regards.

Sheila said...

Wow Angela... I'm sorry you had a tough week but perhaps some of your emotions were let loose with this gorgeous painting. Very Monet-esque but with an Elledge touch. I think you must do more!!

Gwen Bell said...

So glad you didn't wipe this one. Love the strong Impressionist style and the way you scraped back some areas to allow for different textures to shine on. So lovely, and a new direction for times when you wish to do something a little different from your usual.

sam said...

Sorry to hear about Zoe, Angela Im sure you will miss the company.

You did well on this piece, lovely relections good to get out Im sure)

Art with Liz said...

Ah Angela, this is lovely. So peaceful and gentle - soothes the soul.

Michelle said...

This is so incredibly beautiful...I can't believe it's plein air. Love the peaceful scene and colors...very dreamy!

Stephen Parker said...

I think this worked out great, Angela, despite your frustrations. Sometimes it just has to be wrestled to the ground, but you definitely won out. Glad you were able to paint outside, and hope you get a chance to do more this spring.

Nancy Medina said...

Angela I'm so glad to hear you and Ann got to paint together. Thank you for the invite, this weekend I am packing and shipping stuff for my show on Coronado Island so I will miss you again! Let's all go paint some bluebonnets soon, lady! I hope your week is better.
xoxoxo

CONRAD said...

BEAUTIFUL LOVE IT!!!