Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Plein Air Thursday

Catching up from last week's paintings... the SW Ohio Plein Air group met in Burnet Woods, on of the Cincinnati Park system's jewels. Located just North of the University of Cincinnati campus. In fact the UC Main Campus was built in the South end of Burnet Woods. Burnet Woods is lushly forested, with walking trails and this "Trailside Nature Center". Located just across pedestrian only Brookline Drive, the nature center was built by WPA and park staff in the 30's-40's.

Established as a park in 1872, Burnet Woods was developed on what at that time was undeveloped suburban land. Like many of the great parks in Cincinnati, BW benifited from the planning of a great landscape architect, George Kessler (1862-1923). Like Frederick L. Olmsted, his ideas were to create winding drives, incorporating the use of hillsides to provide distant views and overlooks, an oasis of nature to relieve people of their workday stresses.

I've been forgetting to take pictures of my paintings  "in situ". I like to see these kind of photos in other blogs, so here's my first!

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