Met up with the Missouri Plein Air painters in Forest Park yesterday. We were on the south side of the Muny. Weather was cool, sunny, and there was a bit of a breeze. I’ve decided to paint over some of my older stuff and this particular painting was on Gessoboard. It provided an interesting surface because I had sanded it and toned it, making the surface very slick. The paint could be moved around and lifted very easily. I toned this quite a while ago but if memory serves, I used raw sienna as the base color. I received excellent advice from members of the group regarding this piece including to keep it simple and to add some of the cool blues to the foreground. Because of the almost slippery nature of the surface, I found myself really thinking about and using negative space to describe the elements in the painting, especially the sycamore tree. MOPAPA is a treasure to have in my own backyard. I really appreciate their expertise and their readiness to share and mentor. I thoroughly enjoyed this outing. It was fun.