Friday, June 7, 2019

White Flowers

On a couple recent spring Saturday paint-outs we had some beautiful white flowers blooming.  I was happy to get to try some Matilija poppies again last week at Bailey Canyon Park.  I painted these at Eaton Canyon a few years ago, Matilijas.  A few weeks ago we were at Memorial Park in Pasadena where the white iceberg roses were blooming.  Hard to believe it's been six years since I painted there, Another Park!  We've had some beautiful flowers this spring after our rainy winter.

Watercolor 7" x 5"

Watercolor 5" x 7"

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Two Gardens

The flowers in Southern California have been spectacular this year due to the high rainfall totals we've had.  Flowers always bring out the plein air painters.  I'm looking forward to more paint-outs at local parks and gardens this season.

Arlington Garden, Watercolor 5" x 7"

Wrigley Rose Garden, Watercolor 5" x 7"

Eucalyptus Ptychocarpa

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Every Day in May

Every May there is a world wide challenge to do a sketch for every day of the month.  In late April a list of subjects, or prompts, one for each day, is posted on several social media sites, like Facebook and Flickr.  This is the fifth year I've participated.  I haven't ever done a sketch for each day, but try to do as many as I'm inspired to sketch.  Each year I've tried to attempt a different way to sketch, using different materials or a different approach to the subjects.  This year I'm trying to just use a variety of pens and not any watercolor.  It's always a challenge but so much fun, and great to see how other artists interpret the subjects.

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