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

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Seven Years Later

I 'm surprised to see that it was almost exactly seven years ago when I painted for the first time at the 1816 Old Mill in San Marino, The Old Mill.  It's such a charming and relaxing, and historic of course, place to paint.  Last Saturday was such a pretty, perfect day to paint years later.  I'm also including a piece I painted a year ago and had not posted yet.  Looking forward to next time as always.

5" x 7" Watercolor

7" x 5" Watercolor

Friday, September 20, 2019

Some Architecture

Two recent paint-outs have been to locations featuring their architecture.  A few weeks ago we painted at Eliot Middle School in Altadena.  The architects, Marston and Maybury are well known for their many structures in the Pasadena area.  I tried a gouache piece of the school, built in 1931.  It's now called the Eliot Arts Magnet Academy and features a colorful mural on one wall.

A few weeks earlier we were at a new park which is directly under the famous 1912 Colorado Street Bridge.  I must admit painting the bridge is intimidating at 150 feet high with its curves and arches.  But, there I was right under the bridge so I painted a small watercolor.  A spectacular location!

5" x 7" Gouache

7" x 5" Watercolor

Friday, September 13, 2019

Saturday Sketches

I've been enjoying doing some sketches at some of our Saturday paint-outs.  I use a variety of pens to draw the scene.  Then I like to add some watercolor.  I've never been good at keeping a sketchbook so I'm happy to work some sketching into my artwork.

5" x 7" Sketch at Grant Park

5" x 7" Sketch at Singer Park

Potting and Bird Seed table at Darryl's

Friday, August 16, 2019

Lotuses and Roses

I'm late with an August blog post.  We've had a few recent paint-outs featuring some beautiful locations starring their seasonal flowers.  Visiting Echo Park in early summer for the blooming lotuses is such a treat.  I've painted many other views there but hadn't tried painting the lotus flowers until this visit.  And springtime rose blooms at the Wrigley Rose Garden are always a reason to visit.  A beautiful and relaxing place to paint.

Gouache 7" x 5"

Watercolor 10" x 8"

Monday, July 22, 2019

A Favorite Garden

Arlington Garden is such a wonderful place to visit, and to do some plein air painting.  I'm very lucky it's close to home, and I've done many blog posts of watercolors painted there.  The local paint-out groups regularly schedule visits, and no matter what the season we are always treated with beautiful blooming plants or changing leaves.  The garden varies with each visit, so I am always looking forward to the next.

Watercolor 10" x 8"

Watercolor, 10"x 8"

The Wishing Trees