Saturday, October 31, 2020

Pre-Summer Post-Summer

 It's Halloween, October 31 today.  I haven't met with any fellow painters for our usual paint-outs since February.  So I've painted some watercolors and gouache pieces from my photos taken close to home.  We're still having warm days but it's feeling like fall.  Last December I took a photo of some colorful liquidambar trees just south of my house.  I used it for a recent "autumn feeling" gouache piece.  This painting reminded me of the beginning of summer when I took a photo of a home decorated for July 4th in the block north for a holiday watercolor.  These paintings were for the weekly prompts our wonderful and generous leader/organizer gives the Saturday group.  Inspiring, and they keep us painting and connected.

7"x5" Gouache

5"x7" Watercolor

Thursday, October 22, 2020


Many artists have used this pandemic period to paint and send postcards to friends and relatives.  Since plein air painting with friends hasn't really started again, I've now painted and sent six postcards.  I posted two in Safer At Home Art.  One of my more recent postcards, using watercolor and pens,  was of a friend's mountain cabin.  And since Halloween is coming, I painted and mailed two Halloween 4"x6" postcards to my grandkids.  Always a fun, annual, thing for me!

4" x 6" Watercolor and pen postcard

4" x 6" Watercolor and pen postcards

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Still Life

 I haven't done many still life paintings.  It's been fun and to try a few during this time when our paint-out groups aren't meeting.  Our wonderful and generous Saturday Painting leader/organizer has given the group weekly prompts which have been fun to try.  They keep us painting and sharing our efforts.  My most recent piece is a watercolor of a green glass with a cactus in water for the "Transparent" prompt.  I also tried a gouache piece of some shells and a swan planter for the "White" challenge.  A few months ago I painted a postcard as a Thank You for some pretty carrots that friends dropped off for us.  They were irresistible to paint before eating.  I'm sure there are more still life pieces in my future since I'm staying close to home.  

7" x 5" Watercolor

5" x 7" Gouache 

6" x 4" Watercolor Postcard

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Birthday Flowers

 My birthday was last month.  Our daughter came by for a socially distanced porch visit.  It was so nice to see her since we haven't been able to see each other too often during the pandemic.  She usually brings me a birthday bouquet as she did for this birthday.  I've never tried painting or sketching the flowers before.  They were so pretty,  I had to paint them.  I did a watercolor and also a dry mixed media sketch on toned paper using pens and pencils.  My florals need more practice!   

7" x 5" Watercolor 

8" x 5" Mixed Media Sketch

Thursday, August 27, 2020

The Monastery in January

 The paint-out groups I've been painting with for many years haven't been meeting but I have a few watercolors I have not posted.  In January we met again at the Mater Dolorosa Monastery.  The monastery property is extensive so it's easy to find painting subjects.  On my previous visit I painted in the cactus garden, Monastery Cacti.  This time, most painters were in one area so I stayed there as well and painted a tile-roof building among the fruit trees.  We are usually lucky to see some deer in  this area which is always a high point for me.  Looking back, I might have changed my approach to this view.  Hopefully we'll be visiting there again.

8' x 10" Watercolor

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Palms & Fences

Our Saturday paint-out group had a pretty day in February with views of two beautiful and historic Pasadena churches.  The 1925 Marston designed Westminster Presbyterian has a French inspiration.  While a block, north is the Neff designed 1918 St. Elizabeth, a "California" style.  Both have spectacular towers.  It seems I tend to run out of paper when trying to paint a tower so I looked for a less spectacular view.  From a sidewalk looking north near St. Elizabeth buildings,  I had a great view of the mountains, a row of palms, flowers, and a nice iron fence to add interest.

5" x 7" Watercolor

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church

Westminster Presbyterian Church tower

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

February at Lacy Park

It was such a pretty day at San Marino's Lacy Park in February.  It was also the last paint-out with our Friday group before we went "on hold".  I was very surprised to see two people I knew that day, one neighbor and the other a business owner.  They were both out walking the park's loops.  Lacy Park's center used to be a lake that I mentioned in my 2012 post The Lake That Became A Park.  So naturally there are two walking loops surrounding the park's center grass area.  It was fun to see two friends who weren't there to paint as I was.  

8" x 10" Watercolor