The Artwork of
Kevin M. Haller
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Artwork completed for Lafayette Square Plein Air 2007

2234 Park Avenue
May 19--9am
"A Planter On Park (2234 Park Av)"
Watercolor   14x10
Inspiration and Design:
This planter adorns the entrance to a very elegant home at 2234 Park Avenue in the Saint Louis Lafayette Square neighborhood.  The early morning light was falling across the scene, from right to left.  The sidelight hitting the dark planter casted it perfectly in its setting.  The handsome dark shape of the planter was accentuated by the sunlit porch, and the front door in the distance created a second interesting dark shape to which the first could be tied. 
Lafayette Square Plaza (View location of my easel)
May 19--4pm
"An Evening at the Plaza"
Watercolor   10x14
Inspiration and Design:
I painted this scene in conjunction with the Lafayette Square Plein Air competition.  The artists were given 2 hours to complete a painting of the business district.  The fountain and the activity around it fascinate me.  My goal for this painting was capture the late afternoon sunlight falling upon the plaza, fountain, and a young woman reading a book.  Lafayette Square residents like to spend time at the fountain and meditate on life.  My wife, Penny, posed for this painting.  She likes to read. 
Victorian-era home at 2340 Park Avenue
May 22--11am
"Park Avenue Interior (2340 Park Avenue)"
Watercolor   14x10
Inspiration and Design:
This interior is the dining room of the Victorian-era home at 2340 Park Avenue in the Lafayette Square Historic District.  Early afternoon light was pouring into the dining room from the south-facing window.  I painted this scene in conjunction with the Lafayette Square Plein Air competition.  My goal for this painting was to capture the light I saw.  The light entering the room created a stunning picture.  The tall victorian windows allowed an abundance of sunlight in, and the overall quantity of light in the room was magnified by the bounce of light off the hardwood floors and rich dining room furniture. 
Vin de Set Restaurant
May 22--4pm
"A Saint Louis Bar (Vin de Set)"
Watercolor   10x14
Inspiration and Design:
This bar resides on the third and top floor of a gutted-rehabbed, old brewery, the Centenial Malt House.  The décor of the bar is very dark.  The walls are vintage brick, and the original wooden beams and pillars remain and are a rich chocolate brown.  Though only modest in height, the building is the tallest structure for several city blocks.  As a result, the view out of the large north-facing window is almost all sky, a very unusual occurrence from a bar.  The window also attracts attention because it contrasts with the dark décor to a large degree.  My goal for this painting was to capture light entering through the window, flowing through the shelves of liquor bottles, falling upon the bar, and subtly impacting the rustic, dark bar. 
Belas Artes
May 26--4pm
"Planter at Belas Artes"
Watercolor   10x14
Inspiration and Design: View subject
This was a rectangular planter set up for a quick paint in the Lafayette Square painting competition.  The artists were given 3 hours to complete their entry.  I was impressed with the growth pattern of the flowers in the clay pot.  My goal was to capture the flowers jutting every which way out of their container. 
Lafayette Square Fountain at Night (View location of my easel)
May 31--9pm
"The Plaza Fountain at Night"
Watercolor   15x11
Inspiration and Design: View subject
This fountain, located in the plaza, is the heart of Lafayette Square.  It is particularly stunning at dusk.  The fountain sprays are lit from the pool base, illuminating both the sprays and the pillar.  Additionally, large street lamps illuminate the fountain area.  I painted this scene in conjunction with the Lafayette Square Plein Air competition.  This was my second attempt to capture this scene on canvas.  The night before, my friend, Henryk Ptasiewicz, and I had attempted the same scene, but we were both too exhausted to finish.  I was impressed with the brilliance of the pillar and the other illuminated objects against the gloriously blue night sky.  My goal for this painting was to capture the glow and radiance of the scene.