Saturday, November 30, 2019

Two Autumn Sketches

I've enjoyed doing more sketches and trying some of the great pens available now.  One of the Facebook groups has a monthly sketch event which I like to participate in.  It's not a competition, just for fun and practice.  For the autumn season I've done two autumn themed sketches for the group's event.  The rose hip, and Nandina, Heavenly Bamboo, berries were both in my own garden.  Of course I add a little watercolor.

Rose Hip

Nandini berries (Heavenly Bamboo)

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Monastery Cacti

It's been two years since I was able to paint at the Mater Dolorosa Monastery, Provence?.  I've always enjoyed seeing the cactus garden there but never tried a painting so I was looking forward to revisiting that area.  The garden seemed to be going through some clean up or revitalizing.  I found a view I liked where I could try some backlit cactus spines.  Another beautiful plein air painting day with a great turnout of artists.

8" x 10" Watercolor

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Heritage Square Revisit

It was a beautiful day to paint at the Heritage Square Museum.  It's a collection of local, historically significant Victorian-era buildings.  They were moved to Heritage Square between 1969 and 2005, saved from demolition at their original locations.

The last  time I painted there, five years ago, I felt that my painting failed.  On this visit, things went much better.  An improvement is a good thing!

8" x 10" Watercolor

Valley Knudsen Garden Residence

An hourly tour

Perry Residence 1876

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

La Casita Entrance

Last month we had a beautiful Saturday paint-out at La Casita Del Arroyo in Pasadena.  There are a lot of views to paint from this location on the edge of the arroyo.  On my previous visit I tried the Colorado Street Bridge from the Casita parking lot, First 2018 Painting.  On another visit I painted a gouache piece from the lower level, La Casita Squirrel.  This time the light on the driveway, the oaks, and vintage lamp post at the entrance gate caught my eye.  Hard to capture the beautiful, dappled light.

5" x 7" Watercolor

La Casita

La Casita and the Bridge

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Lacy Summer

A recent paint-out was at Lacy Park in San Marino.  It's been three years since I painted there, Roses!   At that time the extensive rose arbor was closed for renovation.  Being late summer, three years later, I thought the roses would be perfect to try painting.  But the group gathered for painting near the entrance on the other side of the park so I joined them.  More fun than painting alone of course.

5" x 7" Watercolor

Sunday, October 20, 2019

2 Parks 2 Sketches

I'm enjoying doing some plein air sketches and trying out some new pens.  Of course they are smaller and less demanding than a larger watercolor.  They are a little quicker too which is sometimes a good thing on a Saturday.  So, here are recent sketches from paint-outs at two parks, Garfield in South Pasadena and Memorial in Sierra Madre.  The sketches were a fun thing to try from these locations where I've previously done watercolor and gouache paintings.

5" x 7" Garfield Park, South Pasadena, pen and watercolor

7" x 5" Memorial Park, Sierra Madre, pen and watercolor

Saturday, October 5, 2019

A New Park!

Along the arroyo, there is a new park in Pasadena, Desiderio Neighborhood Park.  It's only been open for a few months and I've already painted there twice.  It's located directly under the 1912 Colorado Street Bridge.  On my first paint-out there I painted the bridge, Some Architecture.  Last week, there was a lot of construction being done, building the restrooms finally.  The activity and fencing that the crew put up kind of restricted some painting spots.  I found a shady bench with a nice view of the 1920 Vista Del Arroyo Hotel, now a U.S. Court of Appeals, which overlooks the arroyo.  The new park is a wonderful addition.

5" x 7" Watercolor