by Kim Morin Weineck
original pastel, 6x6"
The Swanboats in Boston are such a wonderful city treasure. I've had this image kicking around in my studio for a while and today was the day I decided to try it out as a painting.
It was fun to paint except for the GREENS. Goodness me! Greens are a constant issue in landscape painting. When you paint with pastels, greens are a funny thing. They always seem too something. Too blue. Too false. Too dull. Too bright. Too light. Too mossy. Ha! On and on and on. The greens in this painting were all over the place, too.
Had I had more time (an excuse, yes, but geez, sometimes you don't have a lot of time) I would have done a notan study of the piece and had a stronger idea of the lights and darks in the distant shore of Boston Public Garden.
All in all, it was FUN to paint. The struggle was fun and so was remembering when this was taken. That day was great. It's one to remember always. When it was our turn to get on the swanboats, this cute Japanese couple sat behind us. By the time we got to the bridge in the middle of the lagoon, their friends were all standing on the bridge holding signs. It was a proposal. We turned around to find him on one knee and she was crying and hugging him. Hurray for love in the Boston Public Garden and a wonderful proposal we will always remember having witnessed.
Thanks for reading! ~kmw