Last week I visted friends outside Gordon, Wi. on Whitefish Lake and did a few pastel sketches that I hope to work up into paintings later in the studio. It was perfect weather and great to listen to the loons and Barred Owls calling at night.
It was a busy Sunday afternoon for boat rentals at Wingra. Just before the clouds turned grey and dark, I did a quick graphite sketch then followed with watercolors.
Wendy and I met for Draw Madison today...
This is a small (8x9) pastel I started as a plein air sketch one morning in June of last year and finally got around to finishing today. The new drainage pond the UW Arboretum installed last year is good place for painting tall trees and reflections. The paper is Pastelmat which I really like; it can hold alot of layers. I especially like the paper color "Maize" for summer landscapes and for the underpainting I used shades of hot pinks and purples which I thought worked out pretty well.