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Morning in the Park – One Loudoun Painting

Over the past week I’ve been trying to do a painting of the Barn at One Loudoun, which is a beautiful sight to behold, but I didn’t particularly like what I did each time I made an attempt at it. Not that they turned out ugly, but rather, it just didn’t feel like my style anymore, which is much looser than the ‘realism’ I used to paint. I realized after the third time that where I was going wrong was drawing the lines out before starting the painting, which ended up confining my creativity. Just like in real life, sometimes when we try to draw out exactly how we want something, it can be too rigid and not allow for flexibility, and then we don’t end up getting what we wanted. So I took a break from the barn painting and turned to another photo I had taken in Central Park, and decided to do away with drawing it out beforehand. I also decided to use watercolors, which flow more naturally and allow for more flexibility.

Do you know where this is in One Loudoun’s Central Park?

– original watercolor on paper, 4/8/15

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Morning in the Park – One Loudoun
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One Loudoun Central Park Art in Progress

Now that the weather is warming up, my wife, son and I have been going out to ‘Central Park’ in the neighborhood we live in (One Loudoun). It’s probably the best residential park I’ve seen in Loudoun County. The landscaping is beautiful and the park is very well laid-out. There’s areas for kids to play that are built seamlessly into the landscape, there’s a dog park, there are benches, there’s a lake, and it’s within close walking distance to the downtown plaza area. So, being an Artist, I always find inspiration for paintings when I’m there. So after two years of living here, I finally started my first piece of Central Park. I just finished sketching it out and adding some color, with more color to be painted in. I envision pops of brick red, deep purple hues, dark browns, and a tad bit of orange on the ground, with luminous sunlight shining down.

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One Loudoun Central Park in Progress