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Stow Lake, Golden Gate Park

On the Bank of Stow Lake
9 x 12 inches, oil on canvas board
Session I, work in progress

My paints finally arrived successfully from France!! I don't know what that crazy "pick up your package at the post office in France" message was on La Poste's web site, all I know is the box arrived today!

I was so excited to have my paints and brushes back that I immediately strapped my paint kit onto my to my bike with bungee cords and rode over to Golden Gate Park a few blocks from my house.

In the middle of the GG Park is a circular lake with an island in the middle called Stow Lake, and I knew I'd find something beautiful to paint there. I just loved this spot with the trees hanging over a quiet patch of water.

I decided to spend a whole session on just the values, and save color for another day. It was a good approach for me because just working with dark and light feels simply like drawing with charcoal, which is a lot more comfortable. I'm hoping I can keep the organization of the composition and the feel of the filtered sunlight once I start using color.

Anyway, thanks everyone who wrote sympathy and encouragement for my temporarily lost paints, I was really upset to think they were missing and your emails really cheered me up!

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Reader Comments (3)

Hey Sadie - it is Sarah from Paris. This is a lovely start for your painting. I was in GG park at Christmas and you've caught the mood already. Bon courage!

June 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersarah meredith

You do great work. I love your the drama and intrigue in your trees. Would you be interested in exchanging links? My blog is:

My email is:

June 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAustin Maloney

i haven't talked with you in years. i found you by chance- two clicks from a friend in Portland's blog (her commenter had a link to you). the world is small. i love this painting and am happy to see your art and a bit about your good life.

kim (from oakland, b2c2 era)

July 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkim the midwife
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