Friday, April 19, 2019

Yellow House X 2

On two visits to Garfield Park in South Pasadena, I painted the pretty yellow house across the street.  The park is surrounded by a neighborhood with interesting homes.  In 2016 I painted a cat sitting across the street at Park Avenue Park Avenue.  The yellow house on the corner is an interesting subject and I'll probably try it again.

8" x 10" Watercolor

5" x 7" Watercolor

Park view

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Azalea and Jade

Since it's spring, I've felt like trying some paintings of flowers...a closer view instead of my usual landscapes.

The azaleas below were painted at our local Arboretum last week.  The cafe there, the Peacock Cafe, had a peacock appropriately posing for photos on the sign.  At Arlington Garden I tried a potted "sunset" variegated jade plant which was such a bright yellow that I couldn't resist.  And last Saturday I sketched my friend Barbara's potted porch plants.  I've found that I need much more practice on flowers!  That does sound like a fun goal.

7" x 5" Watercolor

7" x 5" Watercolor


Stabilo and Micron pens

Friday, March 15, 2019

Euclid and Union

Last Saturday the paint-out group's location was the Pasadena City Hall.  To me the 1927 domed city hall architecture is kind of intimidating to try to paint.  I tried it several years ago and never finished that piece.  I walked around the block and noticed the construction site where my nephew is the project manager for this new five-story office building.  There was a lot of activity for a Saturday.  Very interesting to watch, so I thought I would try a quick painting from the shade of a tree across the street.  Not sure if a construction site is any easier than an ornate 1927 structure, but it was fun.

5" x 7" Watercolor

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Two Hillsides

I'm still behind with posting paintings.  So here are two watercolors of hillsides, one recent, and one from over a year ago.  I must say that these two locations are a couple of my favorite places to paint.

Hard to believe but it was over a year ago when the group painted at Elephant Hill again.  I love the view from the hillside where we paint, across the valley to other hillsides.  The view has both empty, distant landscapes as well as homes and cars.  My painting from our previous visit, Elephant Hill.

And just last week we visited the Southwest Museum again.  It's been almost three years since we were there, The Blue House.  We paint in the parking lot which has such wonderful views to the north, east, west, and even a bit of downtown Los Angeles to the south.  It was pretty cold so I tried a quick watercolor of the sloping, grassy hill next to the parking lot and the homes on the hillside beyond.

10" x 8" Watercolor

5" x 7" Watercolor

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Two Towns

Catching up a bit with recent watercolors.  Downtown Sierra Madre was exciting on the Saturday morning we were there to paint.  The city is very popular for cycling groups so there were many bikes.  It was also during a Scarecrow Festival a local art group sponsors.  Lots of activity!

A few weekends earlier we were at the San Gabriel Mission to paint.  There is a nice park across from the Mission with downtown views.  I had a bit of city buildings, banners, and a pretty pepper tree to paint.

Watercolor, 5" x 7" 

Watercolor 7" x 5"


Sunday, February 10, 2019

Two Parks

Recently I've painted at two parks where I haven't painted before.  Just yesterday the Saturday paint-out group visited Almansor Park in Alhambra.  I've driven by many times but never visited or painted there.  It was really wonderful to be there to paint between the rainstorms we've been having.  There is a duck pond which was full of mud hens (coots).  There also were some wigeon ducks and loud Canada geese.

In November we painted at Oak Grove Park in Pasadena.  I've been driving through this park to get to the lower Hahamongna Park but this time we stayed in Oak Grove.  These parks are busy on weekends but I was able to find a great view of the mountains and distant homes.  It would be fun to try these pieces again.  There's always something to fix or try another approach.

5" x 7" Watercolor

5" x 7" Watercolor

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Some Sketches

I've been wanting to do more sketching...of course.  I know other artists who sketch all the time, every day.  I never got into the habit of daily sketching and carrying a sketchbook wherever I go.  I've done a few recent sketches that have maybe given me a push.  It began with my friend Barbara's holiday get-together for painting friends when I sketched her dog, Frankie.  He was napping in his chair.  Perfect.  Then another sketch of a planter of succulents for a Facebook group's project.  I tried using toned paper with water-soluble pencils and some gouache.  I continued with some flowering branches.  It's a fun start and there are so many materials to experiment with.

Frankie with Stabilo pens

Watercolor pencils with gouache, toned paper

Micron pens with pastel pencil, toned paper