Sunday, March 17, 2013

Spring Break 2013

This is the painting that I did out at the Fort Worth Nature Center, in progress.
This week was spring break. We were blessed with beautiful weather, and I had many opportunities to work on sculpture and plein air painting, as well as some yard and gardening work. Eight of us went to the Fort Worth Nature Center to paint on Wednesday. We had a beautiful day of it.
This is the view I chose to paint.
    I chose to paint part of a trail as it wound up a hill. I'm not finished, and I used a lot of artistic licence and editing, but I am enjoying it. I thought the composition was interesting. Some people did two paintings, one before lunch and one after. But, I came back after we took a break for lunch and continued working on the same painting. 
Some of the marsh grasses and ducks near the causeway to the island.

  There are still many ducks, pelicans, and other waterfowl residing in the wetlands at the nature center. Most of our group chose to paint  the water and grasses or shoreline.
Some of our group already left, but here I am with Janice, Trish, TK, and Olivette ready to have lunch.

    On Thursday some of our friends went to Weatherford to paint at Chandor Garden. We had a glorious day of it. The garden was looking very nice as a lot of work and painting has gone on during the winter. We ordered lunch (chicken salad sandwiches, iced tea, chips, and brownies) delivered from Yesterday's Sandwich Shop.

The scene I started painting.
   I chose to paint the stream, bridge, and fountain. It is a beautiful location to look at as well as to listen to the bubbling of the water.

The flower bed across the back of my yard.
   Spring is in full swing. Every morning I go out and see new plants in bloom and hear more birds singing. I love the colors of fall best, but the promise of spring is my favorite time of year.  I spent a great deal of time working in my gardens. I also worked in the vegetable garden planting asparagus, tomatoes, peppers, and raspberry plants. I already have peas and potatoes planted. 
Some of my daffodils in bloom.


  1. I love your painting and the artistic license you took with it! So lovely to see the daffodills in your garden, we're not quite there here in New England! We wait expectantly.

  2. Nice painting, Doug!! So great that you and everyone could take advantage of such beautiful weather. What a wonderful spring break!

  3. Great painting and photographs. It looks like you had a productive and fun week. Can't wait to see more work from the week.

  4. Great use of dark, light and medium values. Good composition with the S curve. Lovely painting.