Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New Plein Air: Bulkeley Bridge

I had nice Father's Day weekend in Connecticut, spent most of the time there with family and friends, but as always, I have to make some time for painting. It turned out to be a beautiful hot weekend, I thought painting by the water might not be a bad idea. I found a spot by the boathouse in Riverside Park in the north end of Hartford. This park has been restored, providing Hartford residents a boat launching area, a rowing facility, fishing access, football field, cricket field, beach volleyball court, bike and nature trails. This restoration is part of a big project to beautify the downtown area, a large task that has been going on for a number of years. I think Hartford is a nice town, but unfortunately it has become the little sister that never grew up, stuck right in the middle of the two older and bigger sisters, Boston and New York!
Bulkeley Bridge, Connecticut River, 2012, oil on linen, 8 1/2 x 11 inches 
It's been a while since my last plein air, I felt a little rusty at first, so much so that I almost gave up. I was getting very hot, there was no shade near by, but I fought on and I'm happy with the outcome. Maybe not the best plein air but I'm happy with it.


arianna said...

Love the nod to Hartford! :)

Luis Colan said...

Ari!!!!!!!!! how goes it dudette? So I guess I should ask you this, know of any good painting spots with awesome views near Hartford? I since last summer I've been painting around my parent's home but I want to explore more. Hope you're well my friend!!!!

arianna said...

I've been meaning to reply to this...I can't think of anything, but I'll DEFINITELY keep an eye out for you! I am sure there are some gems. :) I used to know of a really high hill in Glastonbury that had a great view of teeny little Hartford...and there's this other place I stopped at once with a friend that has a tower and a great view...I'll try to figure out which both were! For the time being, I hope you've been having a good summer, and I love keeping up with you via this blog! But I sure hope to see you IN PERSON soon - I miss you!! I'll definitely let you know if I'm in the city anytime soon! xoxo