New Plein Air Pastel Landscape: Tree at Hill-Stead Museum

New Plein Air Pastel Landscape: Tree at Hill-Stead Museum

Plein Air Painting Hill-Stead Museum

I am privileged to be part of an 18 member workshop with the renowned pastelist Richard McKinley this month, so you will be seeing posts about this in the coming weeks. Here is the painting I painted while together with this group on the lovely grounds of the Hill-Stead Museum yesterday. I had never been there before, and plan on returning.

This painting is 8″ x 10″ and painted in pastel on a sanded surface. The weather was glorious and I had a great time! Check out the position of my easel in the photo below; I was near the huge, gracious front porch of the house, looking at the view of an amazing tree bordered by autumn foliage.

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  1. Brenda Story 9 years ago

    Lovely work. Your choice of colors radiate your joy, and allow me to connect with the tree’s energy and beauty.

    Happiness all around!


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      Polly Castor 9 years ago

      Glad you like it!


  1. […] you can see photos of the class here and here, as well as see what I painted in the class here and here. Eventually I will post photos of the demos he did for us, as I photographed them step by […]

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