Sunday, October 6, 2013

Peck Road Park

There are a lot of parks to paint that I haven't been to yet with the plein air groups.  That's pretty exciting!  One I'd been looking forward to was Peck Road Water Conservation Park.  It's not too far from me and has a lake.  There is even a fishing club since the lake is stocked with trout and catfish.  Online reading revealed that the park was converted from an old gravel pit.  The conversion is still in progress because there was a lot of construction and landscape work going on the day we were there to paint.

The morning scheduled for the paint-out was a little overcast and the sky was filled with some terrific clouds.  Great for trying to paint.  I need more work on clouds.  The clouds were hanging over the mountains which we had a great view of from the park.  I loved seeing all the birds coming and going from the lake.  What a wonderful view to try in watercolor.  I also had time for a small gouache and considered painting some of the construction equipment, but settled on the view to my right.  There were some fellow painters and some industrial buildings.  By the time I needed them, the artists had packed up and I thought my small painting was OK, and busy enough, without adding them.  We heard roosters all morning and I'll look for them on my next visit.  

8 x 10" watercolor

5 x 7" gouache


  1. Sherry, I love your skies. What a beautiful place to paint. I love your bold and large strokes in the gouache - seems like with each endeavor you gain more confidence. It's all about the light and the shadows, which you've nailed so well in both.

    1. Thanks Terry! It was a lovely day there, not too hot!