On Monday afternoon the plein air gods smiled on us and the sky cleared as we arrived at Graceland Cemetery for a most educational and enjoyable afternoon. This was my first visit to this famous Chicago cemetery, a beautiful spot at Clark and Irving Park, where many famous Chicagoans are resting in style. Statues by Laredo Taft and Chester French join with many impressive memorials. After touring the site, we each found a spot and set to work, I settled along a small lake with a view of the Potter Palmer Memorial. It was a wonderful experience and benefited from seeing and sketching something new.
Last Monday was a foggy afternoon along the Chicago lakefront but we found a safe place to paint away the day at the lily pool north of the Lincoln Park Zoo. Always a favorite spot for sketching, the pool is different with every visit. Not as many lily pads this visit but many promising lilies waiting to bloom. A visit back in a few week might find more flowers. This is the first watercolor sketch I did. A second one needs a bit of finishing so will post later.