Saturday, December 10, 2016

December at Ward Ranch

Our Saturday paint-out group returned to charming Waldo Ward Ranch in Sierra Madre today.  We were there last December to paint and we also like to check out the store for holiday goodies like jams, marmalades, and condiments.  Last year I painted this scene near the gift store, Ward Ranch Holidays.  It was so busy with people that I looked on the other side of the main house and factory buildings for my view today.  We were surprised to see the orchard of old tangerine trees so full of fruit that I just had to paint them.  I also included the barn since I like to have a structure in my paintings.  It was foggy in the morning and I loved the mountains behind the ranch looking very pretty and hazy.  There were still quite a few people coming by to get their holiday gifts, and asking me directions to the store.    

5" x 7" Gouache






Sunday, December 4, 2016

Gamble House in November

I returned to the landmark Gamble House in Pasadena for a Saturday paint-out recently.  It was quite a few months ago when I last painted a watercolor from behind the garage/book shop, Another View.  On that day I noticed this view from the north side of the house looking south across the driveway and front entrance.  I had it in mind for my next painting there.  The weather forecast was for an overcast and chilly day but in the morning we had some sun.  I wanted to avoid painting much detail in this complicated house while still getting its essence.  I tried a more dry brush approach on rough watercolor paper.  A nice surprise was a newly planted garden behind the garage where I painted from last time.  After a couple hours our fingers were pretty cold.  Maybe some gloves...

8" x 10" Watercolor


Part of the new garden

      

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Virtual Paintout - Tijuana!

I find the monthly Virtual Paintout is fun to participate in.  Bill Guffey choses the location from anywhere in the world that the Google Street View vehicles have covered.  I really enjoy seeing parts of the world that I'll never be able to visit.

For November 2016 Bill chose Tijuana, Mexico.  There is a spot I have visited briefly but that was a long long time ago.  I never did check what the street view offered of downtown Tijuana.  I looked along the coast and loved the many hilly inland neighborhoods.  I chose two colorful views to try in watercolor.

I have to add that while we were at the South Pasadena library painting the model who posed for us Something Different, the Google Street View car drove by.  I'll be checking to see how long it is until those images are posted.

5" x 7" Watercolor


5" x 7" Watercolor


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Grevelia Street

A recent paint-out was at Garfield Park, our main South Pasadena park.  I had just been there a few months earlier with another group.  That time I painted Park Avenue in gouache.  When I painted that piece, just to the right across Grevelia Street, was another neighborhood view I liked.  This time I gave it a try in watercolor.  I included a car in the driveway.  It seems that with painting parked cars, they either move, or if there wasn't a parked car, one might soon park and block the view.  The one I was painting here soon moved but I always take a photo before starting to paint.  So nice to have an instant photo to refer to!

8" x 10" Watercolor

 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Something Different

It was a very different paint-out for me yesterday.  We had a well-known local model posing for the group outside at our local library.  It's been a long time since I tried painting a live model.  Maybe art school was the last time many years ago.  During the week I painted a couple practice pieces from magazine photos.  That didn't help me too much.  Marian wore a long dress, sat under the trees, and we had perfect weather.  She wanted to be in the shade so her face was in shadow, light was from behind her.  Maybe extra hard to paint...at least I thought so.   A photo of her to paint from later was an extra charge but I think these two small pieces are finished.  I would like to try this again sometime.      

7" x 5" Watercolor

7" x 5" Gouache

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Construction~

The Saturday paint-out group met near the famous 1913 Colorado Street Bridge last week.  The street where we were had a great view of the bridge, a little different from our usual vantage points.  But, it turned out to be a busy morning and I didn't feel up to those many bridge arches which are always a challenge.  There is also a wonderful and unusual view of the famous 1920 Vista Del Arroyo Hotel.  Complicated I thought.  Right in front of me was an interesting vignette of some construction materials for a Habitat for Humanity project.  I gave it a try in gouache and had a fun morning with my painting friends.

7" x 5" Gouache


Colorado Street Bridge

Vista Del Arroyo Hotel

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Carla's Backyard

An artist in one of the paint-out groups invited a friend, Carla, to paint with us one Friday.  She lived near our painting location and invited the group to paint in her backyard sometime.  We were thrilled with the invitation.  We're always looking for new and different places to paint.  So last Friday we met at Carla's home.  Such a pretty backyard with many possible views for a painting.  Carla has lots of potted plants, a lovely shaded patio, and two water features.  Of course I had a hard time deciding what to paint.  And watercolor or gouache?  Decisions.  I spotted a red umbrella over the fence in the yard next door.  There were some potted plants and nice dappled light for my foreground so I started a watercolor.  I thought I was safe from the sun under some umbrellas but ended up moving twice.  What a nice day of painting in Carla's backyard.

10" x 8" Watercolor



Nice view but it was shady when I started painting.

Love this but not colorful.