Sunday, April 20, 2014

Lacy Park Saturday

The Saturday plein air group painted at Lacy Park in San Marino recently.  I didn't realize but it's been a year since I painted my watercolor Park Crows there.  My recent paint-out at the park was my fourth time painting there and it's always lovely with a nice variety of trees.  The park has an extensive rose garden and beautiful arbor area that I would like to try to paint sometime when the roses are blooming.  But, the roses were still looking very pruned for our paint-out that day.  

The park was busy Saturday morning with dog walkers, soccer games, a dog training class, and kids learning to ride their bikes (the perfect place for that).  I had a hard time deciding on a view to paint this time.  I ended up just taking a seat on a bench by the entrance and doing a quick-ish gouache piece of the main walkway.  Had to include some dog walkers!

5 x 7" Gouache

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Power Plant Gouache

As I mentioned in my last posting of my Pasadena Water and Power watercolor, Return to the Power Plant, I started a smaller gouache piece that day.  Everyone was leaving and I didn't want to stay and paint by myself there so I didn't finish my painting.  Luckily the power plant was soon on the Saturday paint-out schedule again and I was looking forward to finishing my gouache.  I ended up pretty much almost starting over but that's okay and really doable with gouache.  I'm already looking forward to next time and don't know if I'll try transparent watercolor or the opaque gouache.  Oh!, this is my 200th post! 

5 x 7" Gouache

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Red Poppies!

The paint-out group returned to Arlington Garden this week since it was so beautiful two weeks ago.  I posted my gouache piece from that morning in Arlington Agaves.  Many of us were hoping the red poppies would be blooming more plentifully on our second visit to the garden.  We were lucky, and they were looking so bright and red.  I actually sat under the same pepper tree as I did on my last paint-out there when I painted the agaves.  I just turned a bit to the west for a nice view of the field of wildflowers where the red poppies were blooming.  I couldn't decide whether to paint a gouache piece or a transparent watercolor so I did both.  I haven't tried that for awhile since it's quite a lot of work to finish the two paintings before the group discussion time.  It's also a bit difficult for me to switch back and forth between the two different ways I paint the watercolor and the gouache, but I am getting better at that as I'm getting more used to gouache.  What a fun morning painting among the wildflowers! 

8 x 10" Watercolor

5 x 7" Gouache

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


I've been painting a lot of gouache pieces lately and I'm a little behind in posting them.  So, here is another.  I like to alternate with transparent watercolor but I have this gouache handy to post.  

The paint-out last Thursday was at the South Pasadena Public Library.  I live in South Pasadena and have seen many painters at the library over the years.  I hadn't been in a group that painted there so this was a fun opportunity.  I don't think anyone chose the library to paint and I didn't either.  Across the street from the library is a coffee house in an old brick building which used to be a bank.  A nice view in the morning, sun reflecting on the windows.  There were several of us painting Kaldi, the coffee house.  It's always wonderful to see how different artists paint a similar view.  I added a figure and left out signs.  

5 x 7" Gouache


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Arlington Agaves

Spring is coming which means paint-outs at nearby Arlington Garden.  I was there with a plein air group in January and posted that painting in Arlington Garden in January.  Since I've joined and painted with so many plein air groups, I think I've lost count of how many paintings I've done there.  I have them listed under "Arlington Garden" in the Label section on the right.  

I've already been twice this month with different groups.  Everyone is ready for spring flowers but the special (for our area) red poppies aren't quite blooming abundantly yet.  So I chose a view from under a pepper tree looking along a row of agaves to some newly planted, large garden urns.  I tried this view in gouache since I thought the foreground agave might work better with its yellow edges.  And I love including power poles!  Maybe the poppies will be at their peak on my next visit.

5 x 7" Gouache

Monday, March 31, 2014

Virtual Paintout 20!

The location of the Virtual Paintout for March 2014 was Slovenia.  Bill Guffey created the Virtual Paintout and chooses the month's paintout location from cities or countries the Google Street View vehicles have covered.  Artists submit their paintings online to Bill and he posts all of them on Facebook and the Virtual Paintout blog.  It's always a lot of fun to see what views other artists have found, and of course there are a variety of styles and media.  

I didn't know what to expect to see in Slovenia.  It turned out to be a beautiful part of the world to look around.  The portion of the capital city of Ljubljana that I saw looked very attractive and tourist-friendly.  Lots of pretty bridges and side-walk cafes.  Since I was looking for something to paint, the many colorful old buildings caught my eye, so I tried two small street scenes.  I'm anxious to see what the April location is.    

5 x 7" Watercolor

5 x 7" Gouache

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Casting Pond

We had a beautiful morning and a lot of options for a recent paint-out in Pasadena.  Our location was the "lower Arroyo Seco".  The last time I painted there was when the special, huge, white Matilija poppies were blooming which I posted in More Matilijas!  This is quite an extensive area with views of our beautiful old bridges, and the casting pond, or pool.  There is one small building which is the home of the Pasadena Casting Club.  It seems to be very active, and when I arrived two volunteers were weeding and planting some decorative plants, hoping the gophers wouldn't eat them.  I think the casting pond has such a mysterious, peaceful look.  It's a wonderful shade of green, reflecting the surrounding trees, so I had to try a watercolor.  The water changed constantly, a challenge!

8 x 10" Watercolor