Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Plein Air Painting in "Rip Van Winkle Gardens"

Previously I blogged about ordering a new plein air setup...well it has finally arrived! It came in on Friday and I had my maiden voyage on Sunday. I traveled to Jefferson Island to Rip Van Winkle Gardens (a short 25 minutes away) and painted there. I love my new setup and it was very enjoyable being outdoors in the beautiful weather. The grounds are in bloom and it is always beautiful to visit.  Here is the little landscape I painted while there.

"Rip Van Winkle #1"
(8 x 10 - oils on canvas board)

You guessed it, I went back again today and painted this little landscape. It was such a beautiful day; I really enjoyed being out in the sunshine and visited with some really nice people there.

"Rip Van Winkle #2"
(6 x 6 - oils on canvas board)

I was so glad that this time I remembered my camera. There are some resident peacocks there and I have to admit I couldn't resist chasing them down for a few shots.

This guy was resting next to a bench, but oh no he would not let me get too close. He was very curious though.

These guys were hanging out but would move as I got closer.

Well these two were intense and much too busy to worry about me.

As I was exiting, there was this bird pen with a few birds in it and as I got closer I noticed another visitor, one of the resident cats keeping them company. They were so funny...

It was a great day! I'll be at it again tomorrow. I'm meeting a friend in the morning and we will be painting at Girouard Park (local park in Lafayette, LA). More to follow...


  1. very pretty nana, looks like you've been keeping busy:)

  2. Thank you sweetie! I have been busy and having so much fun doing this. I love this time of the year and its such a great time to get outdoors, enjoy nature and get some painting in.