Sunday, February 10, 2019

Two Parks

Recently I've painted at two parks where I haven't painted before.  Just yesterday the Saturday paint-out group visited Almansor Park in Alhambra.  I've driven by many times but never visited or painted there.  It was really wonderful to be there to paint between the rainstorms we've been having.  There is a duck pond which was full of mud hens (coots).  There also were some wigeon ducks and loud Canada geese.

In November we painted at Oak Grove Park in Pasadena.  I've been driving through this park to get to the lower Hahamongna Park but this time we stayed in Oak Grove.  These parks are busy on weekends but I was able to find a great view of the mountains and distant homes.  It would be fun to try these pieces again.  There's always something to fix or try another approach.

5" x 7" Watercolor

5" x 7" Watercolor

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Some Sketches

I've been wanting to do more sketching...of course.  I know other artists who sketch all the time, every day.  I never got into the habit of daily sketching and carrying a sketchbook wherever I go.  I've done a few recent sketches that have maybe given me a push.  It began with my friend Barbara's holiday get-together for painting friends when I sketched her dog, Frankie.  He was napping in his chair.  Perfect.  Then another sketch of a planter of succulents for a Facebook group's project.  I tried using toned paper with water-soluble pencils and some gouache.  I continued with some flowering branches.  It's a fun start and there are so many materials to experiment with.

Frankie with Stabilo pens

Watercolor pencils with gouache, toned paper

Micron pens with pastel pencil, toned paper

Thursday, January 31, 2019

January 2019

I finally painted my first piece for 2019.  It's been a strange month so I was happy to be able to join friends to paint at Bailey Canyon Park last Saturday.  My previous painting at the park was Four Fences, a gouache piece that was really fun to paint.  Hoping for more painting time next month.

5" x 7" Watercolor

Monday, December 31, 2018

Two 2018 Paintings

I thought I would post my watercolors from the paint-out locations from the last two Saturdays in 2018.  These were both done pretty quickly.  I was having trouble finding my subject in South Pasadena when I noticed a pretty tree with yellow leaves and some potted plants by the sidewalk.  I didn't have too much time to paint by then so it was done quickly.  And last Saturday we were at a park in Sierra Madre.  I was late arriving and it was cold.  The wonderful trees and bright green lawn looked fun to paint.  Unfortunately, it was pretty cold to be sitting for an hour or so to paint.  Another "quickie".  Hoping to improve my painting and of course paint more in 2019!

5" x 7" Watercolor

South Pasadena Museum just up the street

7" x 5" Watercolor

A community garden in one corner of the time!

Sunday, December 16, 2018


I was happy to paint at our local Arroyo Seco Stables again recently.  It's been awhile since my previous paint-out there, Another Fun Challenge.  There are many options for subjects to paint at this location.  Not sure why I ended up painting the backs of some horse trailers.  No possible problems like trash and ants this time.  The view had lots of exciting textures and colors so I gave it a try in gouache.  

5" x 7" Gouache

One of the resident stable cats

Monday, December 10, 2018

Pink Flowers!

After several fall, autumn posts, I should add a watercolor from my most recent visit to our local Arboretum.  I painted this piece in September after the paint-out group's planning meeting.  I think trees with large flowers are so unusual as well as appealing.  I was surprised to see this tree with big pink flowers in late summer when it seemed fall would be coming soon.  I think this tree is a Tabebuia impetiginosa.  It was fun to paint for sure.

7" x 5" Watercolor

Friday, December 7, 2018

Garden Ideas

I've been to our local Arboretum a few times since my last blog post painting from there, Trumpets and Fire Sticks.  On these visits I did a relatively quick painting following a paint-out group's planning meeting.  For this piece I visited one of the display gardens where there are ideas for our own back yards.  It's a lovely area and of course the resident peacocks were entertaining as always.

5" x 7" Watercolor

A greeting peacock in the parking lot