View Full Version : Evening in the Park, Plein Air, finished at home.

06-21-2013, 06:08 PM
Hello! Yesterday I went to an event in our local park. The park is very old, the first park in the area, and still called the Driving park, as it was where the fashionable people drove around in their carriages to socialize. The whole town still comes here for baseball, or bowls, or waterplay, or tennis, or skating in winter, or band concerts in summer. The trees are very large, make me think of some of the Constable paintings of the huge sheltering trees.

This is the reference photo I took, but the sun was too strong.


It got more interesting as the sun went further down, and I tried to catch the warm light on the tree branches. This is as far as I got in the sketch I did, didn't get the lovely light on the trunks as the setting sun caught them.

5x6 inches in my Arches 140lb homemade sketchbook, W/N pans UB,BU,BS, RS, Cad yellow, on a felt-tip pen drawing.

So I did some more work on it at home, and this is the result. Still not quite satisfied, but I think I have worked out some things and could do a larger version.

Thanks for looking!

New Gamboge
06-21-2013, 07:36 PM
Very nice sketch Lynn - look forward to seeing your larger version. I like using pen and ink and watercolour for quick sketches. Betty

Saint Ragdoll
06-21-2013, 09:18 PM
I do like the white you left around the branches in the first watercolor. It looks more spontanious, like a plein air...that is a beautiful tree.
I love seeing, trees that are full and tall, having been able to grow reaching their full potential unhampered by any near trees or whatevers.
Like single tree in the middle of a field, so beautiful.
Looking forward to more...
Saint Ragdoll

06-21-2013, 10:00 PM
Thanks, Betty and Teresa! glad you like it.

06-22-2013, 03:26 AM
Lovely sketch Lynn. I always believe in capturing the moment.


06-22-2013, 03:43 AM
Lovely sketches! Like the ink work included in the washes.

06-22-2013, 09:49 AM
Thanks, Doug and Jan! I'm still most confident with the pen, watercolour is an ongoing mystery that fascinates and challenges me every time I try.

06-22-2013, 01:21 PM
Beautiful work! You really put some intense interest into this scene. Good job. I think it is great exercise to begin a work and then finish at home from memory .. trying to recreate the feeling. Even if you are working from a reference photo at home, you are still trying to capture that emotional response again .. greattt

06-22-2013, 01:56 PM
Thanks, Josh, it was great to work on it while it was still fresh in my memory. So often I leave these sketches and think I'll come back to it.....doesn't often happen!

06-22-2013, 03:57 PM
Nice, Lynn! :thumbsup:

06-22-2013, 09:32 PM
Your sketch is so much MORE than your photo!

06-22-2013, 10:47 PM
Wow Lynn. Absolutely beautiful!!!!!!! :thumbsup:

06-22-2013, 11:48 PM
Thanks, Reiki!

Thanks, Char, glad you like it!

Thanks, JJ, it was satisfying to get it closer to what I felt.

06-23-2013, 12:20 AM
A beautiful tree sketch, Lynn! It reminds me of the huge old trees in Odelle Park in Fredericton.

Cheers, Anne

06-23-2013, 11:00 AM
Thank you Anne! The old city parks are wonderful to have, aren't they!

06-25-2013, 02:15 PM
I agree with Char, Lynn, your sketch says so much more than the pic. Great job, I love sketching and especially if I don't have the extra time to put into a full painting. The sketches give ideas for later paintings.

06-25-2013, 08:49 PM
Good sketch..........James

06-26-2013, 06:31 PM
Thanks, Darla! I do hope to work on a larger one.

Thanks, James!

07-02-2013, 02:39 AM
Ooh! Trees are difficult, aren't they. Yours are lovely and obviously coming on well. Our town is full of trees and it is glorious to walk amongst them. This year particularly, the greens have been amazingly vivid! Ady

07-02-2013, 08:36 AM
Thanks, Ady. Yes, over here too, the growth is very lush. They liked the long cold spring.