As we all know, the world has changed. Painting has always been so relaxing. Meeting friends at our paint-out locations has always been fun. Of course the paint-outs have been cancelled. At least we have the technology now to be able to stay connected. Friends have been painting from photos and our own yards and gardens. So, I've gone out in my backyard twice to paint my blooming aloes in watercolor and also in gouache. I'm sure I will be painting more from my own backyard.
A recent Saturday paint-out was at the South Pasadena Nature Park. It's been a few years since we were there and it was just in its early stages of development. I was happy to see some work has been done. I was also happy that the day was a little overcast since there wasn't much shade near subjects that I wanted to paint. There were several different plants with yellow flowers but they like sun, and there was no shade near them. The view of the homes on the hill across the arroyo and freeway was the main view, and I found some shade from a large bush. Fun to try.
Arlington Garden is one of my favorite places to paint. As a bonus, it's just a few miles from home. There is always something blooming or perfect to paint there too. So the 15 year old garden's addition of new fountain was a special event. The custom Batchelder tile fountain was dedicated to the garden's founders. It was fun to paint it since it isn't the usual style fountain, very unusual. I'm also including my watercolor from my most recent visit to the garden. There is always a nice view to find for a painting.
There was a big, well-attended flea market and paint-out at the Old Mill recently. It was put on by the California Art Club so the flea market had an emphasis on art related items. It was very busy and fun to see some old friends there. Some of my Saturday paint-out friends were sketching in the quiet Pomegranate Patio area. so I joined them there. I really loved the winter light streaming through the bare pomegranate trees. Years ago I painted from the same spot in the fall, Fall At The Old Mill, when the trees weren't quite as bare. I tried some pen first and then added watercolor. A fun day!
I've enjoyed trying more pen sketching at some paint-outs. The Southwest Museum was a recent location which I always enjoy. There are vast views from both sides of the hilltop parking lot. On my previous visit I painted a watercolor, Two Hillsides. On this recent visit, I tried the west side view of homes on the opposite hillside. It was another pretty day there, and many more views to paint.
We were at the casting pond in the Lower Arroyo area in Pasadena for a recent paint-out. I've painted the casting pond several times. On my first visit six years ago, the Pasadena Casting Club club house was open so I got view inside, The Casting Pond. For this recent paint-out the group was together in one area so I decided to paint there as well. I had a view of the east side of the club house and some old Sycamore trees. The view of the hillside next to the casting pond was also tempting since it had such nice light in the morning. I might try that view next time.
Last week one of the paint-out groups visited the Debs Park Audubon Center. The Center is on a hillside in Los Angeles with a nice view across the Pasadena Freeway of the hillside Southwest Museum. It was over two years ago when I painted a gouache piece in the Center's courtyard area, Cattails! There is a another pond which also has cattails but I guess January isn't the season for them. I had painting some plants in mind so the assorted potted succulents caught my eye. It was a beautiful day for a paint-out.