Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Roses Five Years Later

 It's so nice to be plein air painting again with friends.  In June we met at the Wrigley Mansion Rose Garden hoping to paint some roses of course.  The roses were beautiful as always.  It was almost exactly five years ago for one paint-out there, Wrigley Roses, when I painted a watercolor.  I tried a version in gouache this time.  

6" x 8" Gouache

Wrigley Mansion, north side

Monday, July 5, 2021

Sketch at the Library

 Our South Pasadena Public Library held a fun event recently.  On Saturday South Pasadena Beautiful held a Plant Swap there which was wonderful since we've missed garden tours for two years.  In conjunction, there was a Toy Swap and a Dollar Book Sale hosted by Friends of the Library.  There was a lot of activity!  I took some photos first to see what I might like to paint.  I noticed that the never-ending line of people waiting to enter the Book Sale made nice silhouettes.  I didn't take my paints that day so I did a sketch with pens I remembered to bring.  Beyond the line of people I could see the coffee house across the street.  I painted that view in Corner Coffee in 2017.  Great to be out with people again.

News ~ Google's email subscription service for blogs like mine will be ending.  My blog will continue but I'm not sure how much longer the email subscriptions will.  I hope I can find an alternative service.   

5" x 7" Pens

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The Other Bridge

 About two years ago Pasadena got a new park, Desiderio Neighborhood Park.  It's small and located right under the spectacular and famous Colorado Street Bridge (1912).  I've painted there twice before A New Park and Some Architecture.  There is also another bridge that's very close to the Colorado Street Bridge, the Ventura Freeway Bridge (1971).  It isn't as spectacular but that's okay and I had a good view to try a painting.  I wanted to use gouache since it's a little more forgiving than watercolor.   

5" x 7" Gouache

Colorado Street Bridge

Friday, June 11, 2021

The Fruit Cart

 This is one of my favorite watercolors from the many months of painting at home.  During those months the plein air painting groups didn't schedule any paint-outs.  We painted near home or from photos.  

Over these past months we had some "porch visits" from our daughter.   She's become an avid cyclist and shared some photos on one visit.  The photos were from a weekend cycling trip to the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley, north of Santa Barbara.  Cycling near Solvang she said she really needed some nourishment, some refreshment.  She was thrilled to see this fruit cart sort of in the middle of nowhere.  I was thrilled to see such a great photo which inspired a watercolor.

6" x 8" Watercolor


Monday, May 31, 2021

The First and The Last

 It's been over a year of no plein air paint-outs for me.  A few friends have gone out but my two favorite groups had not planned any group paint-outs.  Now since we are vaccinated and looking forward to paint-outs, some are being planned again.  I've been anxious to see some spring scenery.  So this month I joined a group at Pasadena's Lower Arroyo Park area for my first paint-out in over a year.  It also happened to be the same location as my last plein air paint-out with the group in January 2020.  It was great to see friends again.  Getting used to plein air painting again might take some practice.  

8" x 10" Watercolor  May 2021

8" x 10" Watercolor  January 2020


Saturday, May 15, 2021


 It's been too long since my last post!  Too many changes for all of us in the past year plus.  I need to get back to my happy watercolors!  Yellow is an energetic, warm color and is supposed to help people feel more optimistic and cheerful.  I did a previous post about yellow, Yellow!  This more recent watercolor landscape was painted for our Saturday group.  In December 2019 I noticed the several ginkgo trees along Huntington Drive had startling bright yellow leaves.  Perfect for a watercolor.

5" x 7" Watercolor


Monday, April 12, 2021

Front Yard Fountain

 This watercolor was my version of our Saturday group leader's prompt to paint "motion".   I had cars in mind for my painting.  So I drove to a nearby freeway overpass to get a nice photo of moving cars.  But I was surprised to see this great bubbling fountain in a front yard where I parked.  My thought for "motion" changed from the "macro" cars to the "micro" water in the fountain.  I also got some landscaping ideas looking at this front yard.

5" x 7" Watercolor