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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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"Sledding in Prospect Park"

sledding-homeI've finished this painting, "Sledding Home in Prospect Park" and am starting another snowy scene in Prospect Park painting, which I'll add to "Works in Progress" later.  Painting snow was something I've been wanting to do for a long time and I thought it was going to be kind a fight, in the way I took on painting water as a challenge. But, it turned out to be a more enjoyable learning experience. Now, I'm packing up for a trip out West and am taking my new pochade box with me. I can't wait to try it out. Somehow I never got around to testing it out at home, so we'll see how it works on the road! Hoping to catch some nice snowy mountain scenes in the next couple of weeks. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!

Painting toy (new), painting drop-off

I finally gave in and bought myself a new toy - a pochade box, aka a tiny all-in-one painting kit that can hold a 9"x12" canvas or panels, brushes, paints, palette, solvents & medium (but not paper towels), and unfolds into a mini-easel.  A painter's version of a laptop! I can't wait to take it out for a spin; perhaps at a local coffee shop or ....?108-0888_img

Meanwhile, I dropped off my painting, "Lehigh Valley at Red Hook," at the Salmagundi Club this afternoon for the upcoming "Contemporary New York Harbor" exhibition, Jan 26 - Feb 13.

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Don't miss this show which will be in conjunction with another big exhibition, the "History Panorama: Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the Dutch Discovery of Manhattan". The Salmagundi is at 47 Fifth Avenue @12th Street, NYC. For more info, visit my website's "News" page.

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