Irvine Park Lake - Plein Air Quick Study by Leslie Gustafson

Irvine Park Lake - Plein Air Quick Study by 

12 × 16
pastels on colourfix paper

I have begun to sojourn outside to paint in the beauty of nature. What a joy and challenge it is. This is a pastel work of the lake at the Irvine Regional Park where one can wander around among the 100 year old oak trees, ducks and peacocks!. I have posted a picture of the spot from which I was painting and you can see I took a lot of “creative license” with color and composition. This is my first plein air pastel work and it will not be the last – I love painting out of doors. We had unusual nearly 100 degree weather today but it was lovely!

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Top 10 Finish in the “Plein Air” challenge in Avant- Garde Art.
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Leslie Gustafson is a traditonal artist passionate about creating Art That Feels – an outgrowth of her work as a psychotherapist for the last 24 years. Working in all media, with a special interest in pastels, her art is both realistic and focused on expressing and prompting feeling. Rich color, Christian and Relational themes as well as Portraiture play a large role in her gallery here at RedBubble.

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  • ©Janis Zroback
    ©Janis Zrobackover 4 years ago

    This is really lovely Leslie…I don’t see the photo though….

  • Thanks Janis!! I had sizing probs – its there now:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    a lovely work leslie !LIz

  • Thank you Liz! It was very enjoyable day:-) I appreciate you taking a peak:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • ©Janis Zroback
    ©Janis Zrobackover 4 years ago

    I think you did some really good editing and created a wonderful painting….

  • Thank you so much!! I should post a picture of the peacock that walked right up to me too!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • John Fish
    John Fishover 4 years ago

    this is gorgeous. I love the color. it has a fantasy, magical quality and yet I really feel the light creating these tones and the mood. great job

  • Thank you John! What a great comment, I appreciate your thoughts:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

  • Michael Creese
    Michael Creeseover 4 years ago

    This is so charming and beatiful. I just want to run and dance here Leslie!

  • What a sweet comment – thank you Michael:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Jeanne Sheridan
    Jeanne Sheridanover 4 years ago

    Beautiful! Congrats on the feature :-)

  • Thank you Jeanne!!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • ©Janis Zroback
    ©Janis Zrobackover 4 years ago have been featured in the First Things Group

  • Awwww!! Thank you so much dear Janis – you spoil me , and I love it ! lol

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Albert
    Albertover 4 years ago

    very nice………..

  • Thank you Albert, kind of young say so:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Fiona Lokot
    Fiona Lokotover 4 years ago

    Lovely. Bright and airy. :)

  • Thank you Fiona!! Nice of you to come visit and to add me to your watchlist – I am flattered:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

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