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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Watercolor Landscape - Murphy Lake, Forest Park, St. Louis

Watercolor Sketch :: Murphy Lake

"Murphy Lake, Forest Park, St. Louis"
8" x 11" (21 x 28 cm)
Watercolor and pencil on Strathmore 400 Series 140-lb CP paper
© 2009 Steve Penberthy


I often drive by this little lake in Forest Park, St. Louis and have always wanted to sit and do a plein air painting there; on Saturday I had the good fortune to do so. I first walked around the lake to find a vantage point I liked, and then found a park bench and painted. It was a warmish day, threatening rain from time to time. Some wading birds came nearby several times, fishing intently. I kept a close eye on them as they came close; perhaps they were wanting to see my painting... :) I was there for about an hour before a few intermittent raindrops caused me to pack up my gear and head back to shelter.

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6 comments:

annie said...

I like this, Steve (and also the one in your last post. The greens are varied and lovely and the reflection.too.
annie

Steve Penberthy said...

Annie: Thanks so much for the nice comment and for stopping by! Good luck with your painting efforts! -- Steve

Chris said...

What a lovely watercolor! I like your loose style. Your palette is very pleasing too. Well done!

Steve Penberthy said...

Chris: Thanks so much for the kind words. I too like looseness in paintings, and I'm always struggling to stay loose (my paintings don't always wind up that way, but I try...). Again, thanks!

Anonymous said...

this lake,murphy lake was named after my great, great grand father. you did a nice work in your painting of it.

Karen said...

This is my favorite spot in Forest Park- and I think you've captured my favorite sitting spot w/ this perspective!