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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