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!
I was so surprised and thrilled to be asked to participate in the "Paint the Music" event at the Laurie Hendricks Gallery, part of the Eclectic Music Festival in South Pasadena. Of course I did a blog post about the event, Eclectic Music Festival. I painted a plein air piece the day of the event as did the other participating artists. As a result of the event, Laurie offered Pati Bruce, an oil painter, and me, a two woman show at the gallery! So it will be my watercolors and gouaches, and Pati Bruce's oil pieces for the City Views show running till October 21. This is so exciting, and such an honor.
It was a nice day to visit the L.A. County Arboretum for our group's quarterly planning meeting. After our planning, there isn't too much time to paint. Arboretum Terrace was my watercolor from my previous opportunity to paint there. For our meeting we have a couple tables at the Peacock Cafe and there are always peacocks there to watch. The cafe has a gorgeous pink trumpet tree in the center. When the tree is flowering and there's a peacock perched in it, quite a crowd gathers for photos. Iridescent blue feathers and bright pink flowers are a stunning combination. I had about an hour to paint so I didn't walk far. The main fountain on the Bauer Lawn was close by and there were some colorful flowers as well. Perfect!
For July the amazing James Gurney offered another challenge for plein air artists. I missed his first gas station challenge but loved trying the next one which was painting an outdoor market, Painting Challenge. Then for Halloween a few months later there was the October Graveyard Challenge, October Challenge!
Somehow I missed a couple of the events in 2016, but happily this month we had James Gurney's Dead Vehicle Plein Air Painting Challenge. Fortunately for me there is a well-known old, dead truck nearby at the stables. I've painted this truck before in 2013, The Truck. James Gurney's challenges are just for fun, not a contest. Artists need to show a photo of the artwork in progress at the location. I wanted to try painting the truck again, and our Saturday group met there so we could participate in the event. There is usually a chicken or two sitting on the truck but I didn't see any this time. A fun morning!
We haven't had a paint-out at Alhambra Park for about four years. My Alhambra Pool watercolor was done there then, four years ago. The park is very close to where I live in South Pasadena and has some nice features as well as interesting surrounding areas. Anyone seeing some of my paintings has probably noticed I like to include utility poles. It turns out that across the street on the east side of the park is the Alhambra section of our main electric power distribution system. There were some substantial utility poles I hoped to include in my landscape painting. It turned out to be a smaller, quicker watercolor so, only one pole. Always a fun morning painting with friends in the park.
I always enjoy participating in the Virtual Paintout each month. For July 2017 the location was Malta, a small island country in the Mediterranean. Due to its strategic location it has had an interesting history, and a succession of powers including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Moors, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, French, and British...wow. Malta got independence from the United Kingdom in 1964, and became a republic in 1974.
Malta is a popular tourist destination so I saw cruise ships and yachts in the harbors. There are also architectural and historic monuments including seven prehistoric temples. I found the islands to be beautiful and so interesting to virtually look around for my painting views. I like to try a watercolor, and a gouache piece.
It's lotus season at Echo Park so we were there recently for our Saturday paint-out. It's such a pretty park with its lake, trees and flowers, downtown view, and the bridge. My previous post on Echo Park was Ice Cream! It's interesting to see what appeals for a painting with each visit to the park. I didn't see much of the ice cream vendor this time. But the old, steel, footbridge really stood out. The bridge's gates are locked. It must have been fun to walk across at one time. It's such a wonderful blue green color which stood out from the yellow plants blooming below it, and I hadn't tried painting it before. I'll try painting the lotuses maybe next time.
8" x 10" Watercolor
Friendly ducks looking for a treat from this family.