Thursday, September 17, 2009

Plein Air at Shoup Park in Los Altos

"Cradle of Liberty"
10" x 14"

Shoup Park is a small redword preserve with children's play area, picnic tables, and this lovely Veteran's sculpture placed in the park 11 years ago. The soldier represents the protectors of our country, and the baby repesents liberty.

About a dozen of us turned out for plein air with a promised potluck luncheon at the home of one of our very active leaders. Karen's home is lovely in the hills overlooking the bay. We sat out and had a delicious feast, and some shared comraderie. After lunch we quickly displayed our work. There were some beautiful pieces done of this sculpture and many of the redwood tree grove. I especially liked a gnarled old tree on which the artist used watercolor crayon to add some energetic line work. I am fortunate to paint with so many wonderful artists.

5 comments:

Christiane Kingsley said...

Mary, your plein air outings seem so much fun and enriching.
The sculpture seems quite touching: thank you for sharing.

Sheila said...

You must be very proud about this painting. It is a challenging pose a complicated subject but you painted a beautiful image.

Barbara Sailor said...

I love your painting and I love the concept of the sculpture - what a touching theme. Your day sounds wonderful.

Nina E J said...

I love this! And how nice that you can see how different people turned a sculpture into something artistic! Sounds like you had a great time

Mary Paquet said...

To my blog friends, thanks for the encouragement! I just loved my Thursday session in the company of many outstanding artists. The luncheon was the icing on the cake!