Saturday, September 23, 2017

Water Tower

The Saturday paint-out group was back at the Pasadena Power Plant recently, a favorite location for me.  On my previous visit I painted State Street, a watercolor.  I didn't know what would appeal to try for a painting this time.  But a couple fellow painters were sitting in a tiny triangle of shade from a wall on the north side of State Street.  I like to paint with other painters and there was just enough room in the shade for me and my materials.   My view across the street was of the hillside we usually paint from so it was neat to try a new vantage point.  And the white water tower is such a wonderful feature.   Of course I originally made the sky behind the white tower too light.  Another, darker, blue wash really helped, and I always love utility poles.  Our bit of shade vanished pretty quickly so this piece went quickly as well.

8" x 10" Watercolor

Our bit of shade kept shrinking.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

Arlington Jacaranda

I'm behind posting this watercolor!  One of the paint-out groups visited Arlington Garden in May.  Artists love Arlington Garden since it looks different in every season.  In April I painted this small watercolor, Arlington in April.  I don't recall seeing the large Jacaranda tree there with such gorgeous purple flowers in other years...there were more and brighter flowers on the huge tree.  Maybe all the rain we had was what the tree needed.  I looked around for views to paint but kept coming back to the purple flowers.  I seemed to have the perfect paint colors to capture the flower color.  I was lucky to be there that day since the flowers don't last long.  

8" x 10" Watercolor

Such a tiny hummingbird!

Pete Morris leading the discussion of the paintings.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Morning at the Lake

One of the paint-outs this week was at Peck Road Park.  My first visit was about four years ago, Peck Road Park, and I managed to paint two pieces...a watercolor and a gouache.  That was very ambitious when I was first trying out gouache.  I just try one painting at the locations now.  This park has a large lake and wonderful mountain views, not to mention many birds, fish, frogs, etc.  I wanted to paint near the other painters who were there so went with a view I could see from where they were which was close to the edge of the water.  I like to add some kind of structure to my paintings which I could do with some fencing on the hillside.  Unfortunately, there were tons of ants which I really don't like to deal with while painting.  At least they are small ants...

8" x 10" Watercolor

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Last Saturday

We didn't have a paint-out on the schedule for this Saturday.  Just was well since the weather here is very hot and humid.   But, last week the group painted at Eddie Park in South Pasadena.  Incredibly, it's been almost five years since we painted there.  That visit was in the fall since I see my painting includes some fall color, Eddie Park.  We noticed that several of the trees have been replaced by smaller, new trees.  We've had some serious windstorms.

I chose a view of the 1934 house from a shaded picnic table.  A family was setting up for a birthday party at the tables so I tried a quick watercolor of the side of the old home.  It's in need of some repairs soon and doesn't seem to be in use until that happens.  Hoping for some cooler weather!

5" x 7" Watercolor

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Campus Tours

A recent paint-out was at Occidental College in Eagle Rock.  On my previous visit I painted a watercolor,  Return to Oxy.  I enjoyed painting that building so much that I gave it a try again in gouache.  I considered the auditorium since it had some colorful banners.  But a couple other artists were painting from spots in the olive grove so I stayed there to paint as well.  While I was painting, several campus tour groups of visiting students walked by.  It's a very beautiful campus, and even President Obama studied there for two years.

7" x 5" Gouache

Monday, August 21, 2017

Virtual Paintout - Buenos Aires!

It's been almost five years that I've been participating in the monthly Virtual Paintout.   Bill Guffey chooses the locations from places the Google Street View vehicles have covered.  I really enjoy seeing these sometimes exotic cities and countries without the hassle of traveling.  This month it was Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina.  It's the most visited city in South America and known for its preserved Spanish/European-style architecture.  The busy downtown did look beautiful but too crowded for a painting.  The city is 78 square miles so there was a lot to see in my limited time.   I noticed many parks so I chose one to try as well as a view from the coast.

Watercolor 5" x 7"

Watercolor 5" x 7"

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Garden Archway

One of the paint-out groups is lucky to be invited to paint at a private home that is very lovely.  So far I've been able to visit the estate three times.  There are so many views to paint there that I spend too much time walking around considering a composition.  Front yard, back yard, side yards, pool, vista across the arroyo...many spectacular views.  On my previous visit I painted a gouache piece, View from the Terrace.  I've always wanted to try the pretty archway and gate.  The light kept changing so much but I gave it a try in watercolor.  Looking forward to next time!

8" x 10" Watercolor

Garden plumb bob