Spring is a wonderful time for a plein air paint-out at the Arboretum. It was my third opportunity to paint there. I posted my first two paintings in "The Arboretum" and "Baldwin Lake". On those two visits I walked south to the Queen Anne Cottage and Baldwin Lake. I decided to check out the other direction for a possible view to paint. It's been quite a few years since I walked around there much and certainly not with a searching eye for a watercolor subject. It turned out I happened across subjects to paint on future visits as well as one for the day...the gazebo. My choice of the gazebo depended on some shade to paint from and I also wanted to try a small gouache (5x7") of the African Garden while my larger transparent watercolor (8x10") stages dried...both below.
On my recent previous visits to the Arboretum, I didn't see many of the famous peafowl that live there. Canada geese were everywhere but not many peafowl sightings. On this visit, since it was spring I guess, there they were. The males, the peacocks, have an extremely loud call, which was everywhere and non-stop. Our casual discussion of the group's paintings was a little hard to hear at times. I didn't see any peahens until I was leaving and looked up at the gift shop roof and there the girls were, staying out of the peacock's way. I really had fun with both paintings and the wildlife there is always entertaining.