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Dog Park
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Published: March 28, 2009
© 2009 - 2019 mynti
Here is my first "plein air" landscape. For the first two weeks of this painting, I went on location at Paoli Battlefield Park to paint and compose this canvas for about one hour every other day...

At the end of the two weeks, I took photos of the park from where I sat, let the painting dry, and polished up some minor things at the end using the photos I had taken. I worked on it (meaning, dabbling without really seriously painting for a long stretch) all throughout the winter and finished it early February. Because of my poor timekeeping skills on this one, I'm not sure how long it took, but I'd put it at the 10-20 hour range.

This painting may be called "Dog Park" only because most of the neighborhood walks their dogs in this park (and some of the dogs tried to eat my paint!), but also I run here at 4:30 in the morning. This place has a personal feeling of "mine" like very few places in my life, I think because I spend so many hours of my free time there. :giggle:

Anyhow it is not morning time I painted here, but just at the moment before sunset.... when the sky is still bright and happy, but in any moment you feel it will turn brilliantly bloody purple. :D

This is already shipped and sent, so I am welcoming critiques mostly to learn more for the next time I paint plein air (I have four small canvases planned for this spring).

Medium: Windsor & Newton prof. series oils on canvas
Size: 8"x10" or 20cmx25cm
Time: unknown
Refs: mostly from life, but also from this series: [link]
And a photo of it framed: [link]
Details and info on my blog: [link]
Owner: Daniel Alekow, aka `memod

Note: If you use and care about open spaces and "undeveloped" historical memorials and parks near you, please ensure they stick around by being aware of politics in your community and speaking out if necessary. Pennsylvania has nearly lost many of its community parks, and without the insistence of its ordinary citizens, we may just have lost this park and other memorials like the Wayne War Memorial.
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JustinDeRosa's avatar
JustinDeRosa Photographer
awesome job
CandyKins's avatar
Oh my, it's lovely and peaceful. :)
Calaymo's avatar
Your amazing work has been feature here --> [link]
Capelito's avatar
Fantastic painting. Wonderful colors. Great!
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Jenna-RoseHobbyist Photographer
:sun: This is featured in my current 'Spring' journal: [link] :flowerpot:
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LeeAnneKortusProfessional Digital Artist
This is a lovely painting :-) I like the loose feel to it and it makes me think of the Impressionists work a bit, with soft color and light. The composition is great and draws your eye into it. Well done! :clap:
WhiteCherryTree's avatar
Wonderful! I love light and colors!!! Painting en plein air should be amazing!:heart:
juliexu1992's avatar
this is great!
i love plein air paintings as well
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Ann-McLarenHobbyist General Artist
Your image has been featured in my journal this week. [link] :hug:

If you do not wish to be featured, let me know and I will remove it
mynti's avatar
Thank you! :love:
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Ann-McLarenHobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome:hug:
FreakyBabe's avatar
this has a ver calming feeling to it, beautiful
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I'm glad you like it :glomp:
TheLionofOZ's avatar
Fantastic piece of art work. Luv it Laura. :clap: I would not have the patience. :D
mynti's avatar
I really loved painting it! :heart:
TheLionofOZ's avatar
That's because you're good at it, I'd have trouble with a stick man. :rofl:
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AzureKatanaStudent Digital Artist
i'm lovin the purple highlights you placed in the clouds and in parts of the trees, i feel it really adds some mood to the image. Inspiring ^_^
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Thank you... the purple was there, the first day, in the clouds... to see it was like heaven... I watched it for 45 minutes, and painted for 15... but it was the best 15 minutes I ever spent yet, painting! :love:

You can see the first day's work at the bottom of this: [link] You can see, the sky was really all I cared about that day :giggle:
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llindervHobbyist Photographer
Oh, I just took a second that a person walking their dog in the background on the right? It looks like it...:D
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:nod: It sure is :giggle: A person in a wide brimmed hat with a floppy eared small dog, actually... it was a lady (but it could be a man here, doesn't matter) who would walk this cute dog every day and say hello to me :giggle:
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llindervHobbyist Photographer
Oh, that is way cool! :highfive: I love it when there's something subtle put into pictures. It really gives depth to it, and that is really neat that you put her in there. :D
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Thanks :D I did not call it Dog park without a reason :giggle: After all, many dogs are walked there every day :lol:
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