Nygren Plein Air Second Week

July 18, 2010

Nygren-Main Trail, Oil on Canvas Panel 9" x 12"

This weekend, July 16, 17 and 18, Nygren Wetland Preserve hosted their annual Wildflower Festival. Artists were advised that Nygren expected a lot of visitors and we should not plan to paint at the preserve on Saturday.

I ventured out to Nygren on Friday morning. I was allowed to drive my gear into the preserve (thank you Nygren management) and located a nice spot along the main trail. The drive runs between the Dry Prairie/Mesic Prairie and the Savanna. It was hot, humid and there were a fair number of hikers taking in the wildflowers and wildlife.

I finished my first painting in about two hours. I scouted some other possibilities in the immediate area and broke for lunch under what little shade I could find by my Blazer. While eating, a worker appeared. She unloaded and set-up equipment in a large party tent nearby. I figured that they might be preparing for guests that afternoon. As I did not care to get in the way, or midst, of thicker crowds. I packed up and decided to see what I could create out of the view from the Observation Tower site.

The Observation Tower area seemed quiet enough. The spot overlooks the Wet Prairie. The view offered woods, water, prairie, wildlife and, if strategically maneuvered, some shade while painting. I was surprised by the number of people that ventured  into the tower for a view while I painted. Another challenge of painting from this site was the heat. By the afternoon, temps in the 90’s, the alkyd oil paint set and got tacky rather quickly. I can not complain or fret, it’s just one more distraction of plein air painting (along with bugs, sun, wind, sweat, fatigue and gawkers).

Following are some photos from Fridays plein air painting session.

Photo of the main trail at Nygren

Nygren Main Trail in Progress


Nygren_Main Trail, Oil on Canvas Panel 9" x 12"

Nygren Observation Tower Waterway

Nygren-Observation Tower Waterway, Oil on Canvas Panel 9" x 12"

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