Friday, May 13, 2011

A Day at Codorus State Park

 Tree by the Lake
8x10 oil
Yesterday was one of those gorgeous spring days that are best spent hanging out in a park by a lake.   I have kayaked on Lake Marburg many times and always wanted to paint there, so I was happy to join the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters on their paint out.  I arrived late, so I only spent about an hour on this first painting before stopping for lunch.  I was going to work into it a little, but I am thinking I may leave it alone as a quick sketch.
In the afternoon we moved to another location to get a better view of the lake.  As I was walking around deciding what to paint I spotted this couple relaxing and reading.  They seemed to be enjoying the day as much as I was.  I knew they would not move for quite awhile and that it was the perfect opportunity to paint people en plein air.  I know it seems funny to drive and hour to visit a lake and then not paint the lake...but inspiration hit me and that is even better.

Reading in the Park
8x10 oil

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