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Free admission to Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Earlier this week I took a stroll around Brooklyn Botanic Garden with my pochade box. It was lovely and quiet in the late morning, but a few hours later, the idyllic scene was upended by mobs of summer camp kids. Ah, well. What did I expect on a free admission day?! I managed to complete a loose oil sketch: Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Lily Pond and buildings

It wasn't easy to leave out the dozens of little kids in matching brightly colored t-shirts!!

Oil sketch in Prospect Park

The forecast was for partly cloudy in the morning and then threats of rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon (so, what's new?!).   My first instinct was to head down Union Street and capture the pretty flowerpots adorning  the stoop of one particular brownstone, but then I remembered that I left my Julian half-easel at my studio. So,  I grabbed my pochade box and headed out to Prospect Park for the morning to see what I could see (I need somewhere to sit if I'm going to use my pochade box).  Lots of greens, a cool breeze in the shade and not too many people about. Perfect! I settled on this scene: Prospect Park, east path looking north

There was an empty park bench in the shade.  Here's my setup with the view in the background:

View of path and pochade box on park bench

And, here's a closer view of the painting and palette. I may make this a habit for the rest of the summer!

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Oil sketch for a commission

st-pauls-corner-sketchI did this oil sketch on gessoed watercolor paper to show a client what their commissioned painting might look like, in terms of a composition. It's a view of St Paul's Episcopal Church at the corner of  Clinton and President Streets. It was also an excellent exercise for determining the shape of canvas to recommend (square), and I got a feel for how the light hits the asymmetrical, stone building. I had fun playing with the warm tones vs. the cool, shadowed ones.  I'll post my work on it in "Works in Progress", so stay tuned!

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