Magnolia, in progress

Across the main lawn of the park you can see a giant magnolia that used to stand next to a giant oak. But that oak has fallen and been cleared away.

in progress: Magnolia

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Two Trees

I started off wanting to make sense of a tangle of trees and shrubs in the shade, but like insistent siblings, two trees in the sunlight took over the composition.

in progress

painting of two trees in sunlight, next to shade, in Dimond Park

Two Trees, Dimond Park

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Play Tower

Play tower on a weekday morning, empty for the moment, but there’s always a nanny with a stroller somewhere nearby.

Play Tower, 10:00 am

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Sequoia in Dimond Park

There’s a sequoia tree in the park whose branches grow in a spiral, with a gap because it’s crowded next to a pine. When I can see into the branches like that, I wonder what it must be like to live in a tree.

Sequoia, sketches

Sequoia in Dimond Park

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Starts

It’s dawned on me that I’m painting a series on Dimond Park, just because I spend so much time there with Shadow. Here are some painting starts, where I begin translating the sketches into paintings by blocking in the big shapes.

Painting Starts

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Babysitters

On weekdays at the park you can usually see nannies with toddlers and baby carriages, in shady spots where they’ve spread out a blanket to picnic for a few hours.

Babysitters

Babysitters onsite sketch

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A Rainbow in the Shade

Letting go of copying scenes so literally.

A Rainbow in the Shade

 

 

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Into Color

Lattice roof makes shade over columns of Scout Hut storage building in the park. It faces the creek and benches made of tree trunks, often a staging area for volunteer work crews and solo joggers.

Scout Hut shade

Shade, onsite sketch

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Back to Basics

Going back to basics, little compositions. It’s like a game to look for big shapes.

Working with water-soluble pencil in black. I didn’t used to like black and white pictures, but now it clears my head.

Truck behind trees:

Would I recognize this place

Play Structure

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Not Quite 100 People

Last week was an online challenge to sketch 100 people in one week. I didn’t get anywhere near that number. Maybe around 50.

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