Saturday, March 25, 2017

Behind Lizzie's

In December 2015 we painted at Lizzie's Trail Inn in Sierra Madre.  It was drizzling on and off that day but I managed a quick gouache piece, Drizzle at Lizzie's.  We returned to Lizzie's a few weeks ago on a beautiful Saturday.

Lizzie's Trail Inn is behind the 1890's Richardson House which is at the foot of the Mt. Wilson Trail, made in 1894.  This is a very popular and busy neighborhood on a Saturday.  Lots of hikers.  Lots of cars.  I ended up choosing the same tree to paint under as I did on my previous paint-out there.  It's out of the way and I liked my view behind the rustic old buildings.  I tried another small gouache piece.  As the sun moved, the light on the white building kept changing and I was happy I was using the opaque gouache so I could change the shadows a little.

5" x 7" Gouache

The Richardson House with Lizzie's in back.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fuller Trees

As I mentioned in my post last month in Fuller Last Year our paint-out group would be returning to Fuller Seminary soon.  It was a bright, pretty day the morning we met to paint there again.  I've always loved the spectacular old trees in this old neighborhood that is the campus now.  After the rain the darker trees looked even more dramatic, backlit by the morning light.

8" x 10" Watercolor


Monday, March 13, 2017

Echo Park Neighborhood

As I mentioned in my recent post Echo Park - Two Gouaches, the paint out group would be returning to Echo Park lake soon.  We did, and it was a beautiful day.  On a Saturday the park was very busy with picnickers, walkers, and dog walkers.  I sat on a grassy area near the boathouse and painted a small watercolor of the neighborhood to the north.  As it got closer to noon it looked like areas were being set up for parties.  Time for us to leave.  The lake lotuses will be in bloom in June and July so we'll be returning to the park again.

7" x 5" Watercolor

Notice the white egret on the right.

The boathouse was built in 1932.  

Side street north of the lake, also busy...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Virtual Paintout - Nashville!

The February 2017 Virtual Paintout was in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Virtual Paintout is in a different city or country each month, chosen by creator and host, Bill Guffey.  I really enjoy virtually looking around for a view to paint in the many places that I'll never be able to visit in person.

But this month was Nashville!  There have only been a few Virtual Paintouts in cities I've visited.  I haven't seen much of Nashville but in 1996 we drove from Southern California to the Olympics in Atlanta.  The highway mostly stayed on the outskirts of the city but we did stay that night in south Nashville.  I looked around the area on Google Street View.  There were some wonderful, rustic views.  That was something I enjoyed about this month's city, great landscapes and also nice city views.  Looking forward to next month's location.

5" x 7" Gouache

5" x 7" Watercolor

Friday, February 24, 2017

Echo Park - Two Gouaches

Our paint-out group will be at Echo Park in Los Angeles tomorrow.  But here is another gouache piece I had not posted on my blog since we painted there in July.  Time to catch up a little!  My previous blog post was a gouache piece from our plein air paint-out at the lake in 2015, Boathouse Umbrellas.  I'm also sharing another gouache piece from our Echo Park visit in 2013!  I was ambitious that day and painted a watercolor and also a gouache piece.  I ended up painting over some of the gouache and hadn't really finished it until now.  So here are two gouaches, finally completed.  I'm wondering what will catch my eye at the lake tomorrow.

7" x 5" Gouache

Jimmy painting the 1932 boathouse.

7" x 5" Gouache

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fuller Last Year

Fuller Seminary in Pasadena is on our plein air paint-out schedule.  I realized I hadn't posted my gouache piece from our paint-out there a year ago.  It was a chilly, overcast day in February 2016 when I painted this piece.  The bare trees caught my eye.  On my previous visit it was a brighter day and I painted a sunny watercolor, Fuller Seminary.  I'm including a photo of my friend and fellow painter, Bill.  He had his back to the walkway but I had a nice view of the many people passing by and taking a phone photo of Bill at work on his oil.  We wondered if any were posted on Instagram.

7" x 5" Gouache

Bill painting at Fuller Seminary

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Park Neighbor

Last Saturday the paint-out group met at Singer Park in Pasadena.  I painted there once before and posted my gouache piece in Grant and Singer.  Unfortunately I arrived late and spent time chatting with fellow painters, as painting time went by.  I almost left since it was getting late.  But of course, I do like to try a painting when I've gone to a paint-out!  From a shaded picnic table there was a nice view of the pretty home next to the park.  Just enough time to paint a small watercolor which got too "busy" to add the "moon" park lamp.

5" x 7" Watercolor