I finally finished “Summer Afternoon in Central Park”, another painting in my Cities Series. The 30 x 24 canvas went through many stages before I was finally satisfied with the results.
It started with a bright undertone of pinks and lavender.
I slowly built up the cathedral-like canopy of the trees. It was important for me to show the magnificent height of the huge, old trees without losing the city dwellers below. You enter this alley of trees and feel instantly at peace. I love this part of the park. It is in the area called “The Mall” and the trees are incredible.
The park is always busy, but somehow the trees and green space make it seem calm and renewing. The trees are American Elm trees, and are unbelievably magnificent. This is one of the the largest and last remaining stands of these trees in North America.
The sunlight coming through the branches almost makes it look like stained glass.
When you walk down the wide promenade, you focus on the sky. I wanted the painting to make you look up even though all the activity is on the path.
I love Central Park. From the first moment I was allowed to go in to NYC by myself or with friends my age, I found my way to the park. And then in my 40s, I had a small studio apartment right off the park on Central Park West, an easy escape into tranquility that I took full advantage of.
I think this picture captures that peace…
Robin Leverton said:
Beautiful Pat. Makes me want to go stroll in Central Park.
yes, I remember writing in my sketchbook on a bench in Central Park in about 1979, “I think I should live here!”