Thursday, April 27, 2017

Four Fences

The Friday paint-out group returned to Bailey Canyon Park in Sierra Madre a few weeks ago.  I've painted there several times, the last in August 2015, Park Pines.  The park has some of the gorgeous Matilija poppies but we were early for them to be blooming.  A few views caught my eye.  I settled on a house across the utility road, separated from the park by a variety of fences and gates.  It was lovely weather for painting and I could sit at a park picnic table under a pine tree.

5" x 7" Gouache


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pasadena Playhouse

It's been over three years since I painted at the Pasadena Playhouse.  I wasn't happy with my painting from 2013 of the 1925 Spanish Colonial Revival style Playhouse.  I was hoping to do a better piece this time.  I chose a view from across the street from a spot I hoped would remain in the shade until I finished my watercolor.  I really like the tall palm trees and banners surrounding the Playhouse courtyard entrance.  As always I was thinking of including a figure or two but the sidewalk seems to be busy enough now.  Happier with this version.

8" x 10" Watercolor

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Olympiad Saturday

When rain or showers are a possibility the Saturday paint-out group likes to paint at Cal Tech in Pasadena.  There are many covered walkways for shelter if it starts to drizzle.  There were showers predicted so Cal Tech it was.  It turned out that Saturday was also the Southern California State Science Olympiad Tournament, hosted at Cal Tech.  There were hundreds of middle and high school students participating.  The campus is usually very quiet on a Saturday to this was unusual for us.

No problem for our group though.  There are always wonderful views to paint at the campus and we could stay out of the way of the tournament.  Several of us painted near the raised lily pond where the lilies looked beautiful.  I chose a view away from the lilies towards a courtyard I've always liked.  The light on the patio beyond the dark trees caught my eye so I  tried a small watercolor.

5" x 7" Watercolor

So many students competing!

The lily on the right was just a bud two hours earlier.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

NW Corner

I've painted at Arlington Garden in Pasadena many times now, almost two dozen paint-outs.  But that's fine with artists since the garden changes so much with the seasons.  Of course in the spring many flowers are blooming and the paint-out groups visit often to see what we can capture in our paintings.  This post Winter Light was from when we were at the garden in January.  My next visit was in March and there were several views that caught my eye.  I haven't painted in the North West corner of the garden before so I chose that area since the African firestick plant, or pencil tree was especially colorful, surrounded by blue-ish succulents.  The small balcony, awning, and patio lights next door would be fun to include.  I have since visited again to paint and will post that piece soon.

10" x 8" Watercolor

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Virtual Paintout - Ghana!

Every month I enjoy participating in the Virtual Paintout, hosted by Bill Guffey.  Artists virtually look around the month's location using Google Street View to choose their view to paint.  Bill posts the submissions on his blog and on Facebook.

For March 2017, the location was Ghana.  To me it's always interesting to see places I haven't visited in person and Ghana was no exception.  Most of the areas I saw looked very colorful and busy but I did happen upon the National Zoological Garden which was shady and peaceful.  The only animals I virtually saw were a few peahens.  Looking forward to Bill's location for April!

5" x 7" Watercolor

Kumasi National Zoological Garden

5" x 7" Gouache

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Behind Lizzie's

In December 2015 we painted at Lizzie's Trail Inn in Sierra Madre.  It was drizzling on and off that day but I managed a quick gouache piece, Drizzle at Lizzie's.  We returned to Lizzie's a few weeks ago on a beautiful Saturday.

Lizzie's Trail Inn is behind the 1890's Richardson House which is at the foot of the Mt. Wilson Trail, made in 1894.  This is a very popular and busy neighborhood on a Saturday.  Lots of hikers.  Lots of cars.  I ended up choosing the same tree to paint under as I did on my previous paint-out there.  It's out of the way and I liked my view behind the rustic old buildings.  I tried another small gouache piece.  As the sun moved, the light on the white building kept changing and I was happy I was using the opaque gouache so I could change the shadows a little.

5" x 7" Gouache

The Richardson House with Lizzie's in back.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fuller Trees

As I mentioned in my post last month in Fuller Last Year our paint-out group would be returning to Fuller Seminary soon.  It was a bright, pretty day the morning we met to paint there again.  I've always loved the spectacular old trees in this old neighborhood that is the campus now.  After the rain the darker trees looked even more dramatic, backlit by the morning light.

8" x 10" Watercolor