Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dog Walkers

We were at Bailey Canyon Park in Sierra Madre recently for our paint-out.  It had rained so the morning was beautiful.  There were many dog walkers out for some air.

The previous Thursday I had attended the Verdugo Art Association meeting.  I went to see their guest artist, Mike Hernandez, who was going to paint a demo in gouache.  You know I've been experimenting with gouache for two years and I was curious to see how Mike worked with it.  I've tried various ways of plein air painting with gouache.  It turned out that Mike's gouache technique was very different from what I've tried.  Very exciting to watch.  He's such a generous instructor and he brought in many finished pieces to share.  It was so much fun to meet him and see his gouache method.  At Bailey Park I tried a bit of what Mike did but of course it's easier for me to paint the way I'm used to.  I'd like to see another demo!     

5 x 7" Gouache

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Casting Practice

What a beautiful Saturday we had a few weeks ago for painting.  We met at the Lower Arroyo Seco Park Casting Pond in Pasadena.  The pond is always peaceful and a little mysterious looking.  I painted there once before and posted that piece in The Casting Pond.  The water in the pond was low because of the drought here but it still reflected the surrounding trees beautifully.  There was no one practicing their casting on my last visit.  This time, maybe since it was a Saturday, there were several people trying to improve their casting skills.  One man had his waders and walked out into the pond.  He also had several different fishing poles to try...beautiful and fun to watch.

8 x 10" Watercolor

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Evelyn's Patio

Our wonderful Saturday paint-out group sometimes paints at a member's home or a member's friend's house.  A few Saturdays ago Evelyn, our friend and fellow painter, said we could paint at her house!  We're always up for new locations and Evelyn's San Marino home is very lovely, just asking to be painted.  The morning started with delicious treats Evelyn was kind enough to have for us.  Of course since this is pretty far from the usual paint-out circumstances we felt pampered.  Sitting and chatting could have interrupted a lot of painting time.  I was thinking of trying a gouache piece of the front of Evelyn's Spanish style home but didn't find shade with a view I liked.  I headed to the back yard where there was a pretty patio with a large oak tree to sit under.  Perfect!     

5 x 7" Gouache

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Back at Ward Ranch

It was just recently I painted at the E. Waldo Ward Ranch in Sierra Madre and posted the watercolor in E. Waldo Ward Ranch.  A few weeks later I was at another paint-out there with another group.  The ranch and jelly factory property is a nice place to paint.  We had a big turn-out of painters since many like to shop in the small Waldo Ward store for holiday cooking and gifts.  A visit is always interesting and there are always fun areas to discover.  Rusty old farming and canning equipment seems to be everywhere, in a charming way.  I chose a view that had some sun on a yellow building with the red barn loft peeking over its roof.  While we painted we could smell strawberries.  They were making some strawberry jam!

8 x 10" Watercolor

Some of the artists at the paint-out

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Chrysanthemum Season

It's always fun and enjoyable to paint at Descanso Gardens in La Canada-Flintridge.  I visited in the spring and posted that piece in Spring at Descanso.  On my most recent paint-out day, it was Chrysanthemum time there.  Many pots of beautiful Chrysanthemums were set out along the walkways.  I had in mind to see what I could find to paint in the Japanese Tea House area.  At the entrance to the koi pond there were some very pretty pots of Chrysanthemums on both sides of the gate.  The flowers were white and yellow against dark foliage so I decided to try a gouache piece.  Descanso Gardens has many tall, old oak trees and also tall Camellias so many walkways have dappled light.  I took a couple work-in-progress photos again to share.  And also some Spider Mum photos!

5 x 7" Gouache

First colors and values blocked in.

More darks and lights, warm and cool colors.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Virtual Paintout 28!

It's hard to believe I've participated in the Virtual Paintout for over two years.  I love seeing parts of the world via Google Street View that I will never see in person.  Bill Guffey chooses a location for each month's Virtual Paintout.  Artists look around virtually for their view to paint, just as they would on a real life paint-out.  Pieces are submitted to Bill who posts all on his blog and on Facebook.  I wish we could revisit some cities that were monthly selections before I started participating.

The location for November 2014 was Luxembourg.  It looked beautiful there.  I wasn't able to spend more time browsing but I only saw one tiny bit of graffiti, something that always stands out.  As always I painted two small pieces.  Good practice, and having a deadline sometimes is a good thing. 

5 x 7" Gouache

5 x 7" Gouache

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014!

Thank you all for taking the time to read this blog!  I really appreciate your comments as well.  I know it takes time, as I'm always behind on checking other blogs.

I'm adding three vintage Thanksgiving postcard greetings.  These three are from 1909 and have one cent stamps, Penny Postcards.  Sending a message or greeting for one cent was an affordable way to keep in touch.  It was the Golden Age of American postcards.  Holiday postcard greetings from this era are very plentiful and easily collected.

Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!