The Artwork of
Kevin M. Haller
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Artwork completed for Lafayette Square Plein Air Art Event 2006
1834 Kennett Place during the Lafayette Square Plein Air Competition
May 20--8am
"Lafayette Square Plein Air Competition 2006 #1"
Oil   9x12
Inspiration and Design: View subject
I was participating in the 1st Annual Lafayette Square Plein Air Competition.    As this was my first painting for the event, I felt quite charged.    The morning was cool and clear.    I was looking south from where I stood in front of the victorian home at address 1834 Kennett Place.    The early-morning sun was only slightly peaking through the dense tree cover of the old neighborhood.  & This large, old flower pot fit perfectly in its location, Lafayette Square.  The lush begonias planted in the ornate container appeared royal, matching well the wealth and stature of the original inhabitants of the historic district. 

As I was participating in the Lafayette Square Plein Air Competition, my goal with this painting was to depict not just a flower container, but one that resides there.  It seemed to me that this flower and container shape could mostly fill and dominate my canvas and yet the remaining elements of the painting (dark wood door, tall entry steps, and mauve exterior walls) would successfully place it in Lafayette Square. 
1532 Mississippi Avenue
May 22--6pm
"Lafayette Square Plein Air Competition 2006 #2"
Oil   9x12
Inspiration and Design: View subject
I was participating in the 1st Annual Lafayette Square Plein Air Competition.  The afternoon was clear and cool, quite pleasant.  I was looking east from my vantage point in front of the victorian home at address 1532 Mississippi Avenue.  The late afternoon sun was striking the west side of upright structures, showcasing these two flower pots interestingly.  My inspiration for this piece was the red geraniums amidst the various green shades of the home and its surrounding landscaping.  The light and shadow pattern cast on (and behind) the pots from the late afternoon sun was also fascinating. 
#9 Benton Place
May 28--10am
"Lafayette Square Plein Air Competition 2006 #3"
Watercolor   11x14
Inspiration and Design: View subject
I was participating in the 1st Annual Lafayette Square Plein Air Competition.  The morning was clear and hot, unseasonably so for a Memorial Day.  I was looking north, a few houses down from the attractive flower pots in front of the home at address #9 Benton Place.  My inspiration for this piece was light.  With the arrival of first heat wave of the year, I was drawn to the sun's affect on the landscape. 
Lafayette Square Fountain
May 29--8am
"Lafayette Square Plein Air Competition 2006 #4"
Oil   9x12
Inspiration and Design: View subject
I was participating in the 1st Annual Lafayette Square Plein Air Competition.  The morning was mostly clear, only a thin veil of high clouds were present.  A slight breeze made the air quite clear.  I was facing south on Park Avenue, looking towards the Lafayette Square fountain.  The popular eatery, Sqwires, was directly behind the fountain, providing a dark backdrop for the water spray heads.  What attracted me to this scene was predominantly the shapes of the objects in my field of view as highlighted by the early morning sun.  The fountain is a spectacular shape and quite unique.  Likewise, the building shapes in the background were very appealing, as was the shape of the the flower garden in the foreground.