Peck Road Park is such a calm and lovely place to paint that I was excited to have it as a paint-out location again. I was just there in October with another group and wrote about my visit, and two paintings in Peck Road Park. As I mentioned in my last post, there was a lot of construction going on which is continuing. They are making some nice boulder-lined paths and adding some plants. The park seems to be a work in progress.
It's the beautiful lake and mountain views at Peck Road Park that are irresistible to paint. Both times I've visited, the mountains have been overcast by a cloudy, gray sky which changes constantly. It's fantastic to watch the reflections in the lake water transform with the changing clouds and sky, which makes it a challenge to paint. We just have to start with what reflections we see and try to remember how they looked. Of course there are many birds to watch as well.
I thought I would just paint a watercolor but then couldn't resist trying to squeeze in a smaller gouache of the same view in the time I had. I painted from a different part of the park from my last visit and realized there isn't much color there, except for some magenta bougainvillea on a far embankment. Since I missed adding a visiting egret, I added three mud hens (coots) in each piece. I'm looking forward to our next visit.
|8 x 10" watercolor|
|5 x 7" gouache|