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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Parks & Gardens, "At the Park", Lynn Cohen


On Saturday I went to the little playground park up the street from our house. It's next to an elementary school, on the same street we live on.  About a three block walk. It was warm and sunny out. Perfect day for some plein air drawing and painting. I took my little three legged fold up chair with it's long strap to carry over my shoulder; a big canvas bag with a jar of water, paint brushes, paints, pens and my sketch pad. I sat under the shade of  huge redwood trees on lush lawn and drew to my hearts content. I do believe I worked on this for a good hour. Much longer than I normally spend drawing and painting anything. The kids were climbing and running around. Parents and grandparents watched and helped. Some kids were screeching at each other and that was a bit hard on my ears. Why I didn't think to turn off my hearing aides I have no idea. I guess some part of me liked hearing the kids at play! You can see the two tube slides at each end of this climbing structure. Next time I'll try to catch some kids in my painting, but they run around and are there one moment and somewhere else the next.

So your drawings for Gardens and Parks can be taken literally as I've done here, or you can draw an indoor garden or a flower you plucked from your own back yard. It's your choice. Let your imagination run wild. Do have fun in the process. I look forward to everyone's art! 
Prismacolor black 03 pen
Prismacolor black C pen
Winsor & Newton Watercolors NOT It was my Koi Water Colors Pocket Field Sketch Box
No eraser

25 comments:

  1. Sure was a great day at the park this afternoon. Why didn't I think to take a sketch book? Love your sketch, you have definitely inspired me.

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    1. It's exciting to hear my drawing has inspired someone else to pick up their sketchbook!

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  2. A really complicated structure - no wonder it took you an hour. It would be so good to sit out in warmth to draw. We are still wrapping up warm on the few days that are OK for a little outing. You are very inspirational.

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    1. And now I am "inspirational"! Not sure my head is big enough to hold all these wonderful kudos. Thanks.

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  3. That must have been lovely, to take time out and actually do some plein air drawing. Love your painting Lynn :-)

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    1. Thanks Ann, It was so I did it again today!

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  4. You really drew the entire playground structure! Nice!!! I'm still waiting for plein air days where I can get out of my car and paint. lol

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  5. Nice! That is a fun looking play area.

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  6. You outdid yourself on this fun colorful drawing. Nice you could get outside to enjoy the warmth there and I might be afraid to turn off my hearing in case someone was trying to get my attention. :) Like duck... LOL

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    1. Good point Cris. Today I left them alone again. Wasn't as noisy. ;-) Thanks.

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  7. Really nice playground drawing.

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  8. this is such a marvelous scene Lynn! I hope to get something in soon-it's a theme to Spring to me:)

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    1. Thanks Linda. Looking forward to your "springy" contributions!

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  9. Great job with this, Lynn! I love your colors. Many details you have drawn in this.

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    1. I love details Sirkka! LOVE Them. Thanks.

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  10. WOW! You did well, Lynn! Gardens and parks is such a nice theme and sounds so relaxing. :)

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    1. Thanks Serena, it was relaxing indeed!

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  11. Playground equipment has gotten so complicated these days but they are interesting structures for sketching, aren't they? Lots of nice colors and shapes in this!

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    1. Yes, it was fun eyeballing all those parts to draw. Thanks.

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  12. Shapes and swirls and posts galore. What a great drawing. Thanks for the info about what you used to make it. I always wonder about that.

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    1. Thanks Penny. I misspoke and need to change the watercolors I used. It was my Koi Field box, not the W & Ns.

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  13. Hi Lynn, sorry I'm late to comment. Wow this is a really nice place to just kick back and draw. You've captured it all. Lots of great color.:()

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