I spent this last weekend at the Mitchell Park Domes painting for the plein air competition held in conjunction with an art festival. I hammered out 2 paintings, one of which was sold at their auction. Friday was interesting. I set up near the lagoon- a little ways behind the festival grounds. The sky was clear and the reflections of the water were intriguing. There was a group of guys on the other side of the lagoon that were drinking, partying, and hitting golf balls. A little obnoxious but I guess they had a right to be there. They came over to retrieve some golf balls that had landed rather close to me. The asked why they weren’t in the painting.
Saturday I stayed a little closer to the festival and found a quiet location among the trees. The lagoon was in the far background, but I focused on a tree that was particularly interesting because of how the light was hitting it. This painting went much quicker then the one the day before. I got out there just after a line of thunderstorms has passed. The sky cleared as I was painting.
Image: This is “Lagoon” done on the first day (Friday). 14″ x 11″