Friday, August 16, 2019

Lotuses and Roses

I'm late with an August blog post.  We've had a few recent paint-outs featuring some beautiful locations starring their seasonal flowers.  Visiting Echo Park in early summer for the blooming lotuses is such a treat.  I've painted many other views there but hadn't tried painting the lotus flowers until this visit.  And springtime rose blooms at the Wrigley Rose Garden are always a reason to visit.  A beautiful and relaxing place to paint.

Gouache 7" x 5"

Watercolor 10" x 8"

Monday, July 22, 2019

A Favorite Garden

Arlington Garden is such a wonderful place to visit, and to do some plein air painting.  I'm very lucky it's close to home, and I've done many blog posts of watercolors painted there.  The local paint-out groups regularly schedule visits, and no matter what the season we are always treated with beautiful blooming plants or changing leaves.  The garden varies with each visit, so I am always looking forward to the next.

Watercolor 10" x 8"

Watercolor, 10"x 8"

The Wishing Trees

Friday, July 12, 2019

New Growth

A few weeks ago we painted at Deukmejian Wilderness Park where there is a stone barn and a small vineyard.  On my previous visit I painted a gouache piece, Small Vineyard.  It was a dreary "May Gray" day so the bright yellow green new growth of the grape vines caught my eye.  A nice day to paint with friends.

Watercolor 8" x 10"

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Ananda Ashrama

I realized I haven't posted these two watercolors I painted on two visits to the Ananda Ashrama in La Crescenta.  It's such a beautiful and calming place covering 120 acres and featuring some very special buildings, some stone, from the 1920's.  Such a treat to paint there.  I'm hoping to return sometime.

Watercolor 10" x 8"

Watercolor 8" x 10"

Part of the mosaic cactus garden walkway. 

Monday, June 24, 2019

Spring Flowers!

With a winter season of more than normal rainfall here in Southern California, the flowers this spring have been gorgeous.  Last week two paint-out groups had some wonderful purple/lavender Jacaranda trees to paint.  This year the trees' flowers seem to me to be more vibrant than we usually see.  A few months ago painters were noticing the many hillsides covered with bright yellow mustard flowers where there had been dried weeds before.  So many beautiful views to paint!

Watercolor  10" x 8"

Pen and Watercolor Sketch 5" x 7" Avenue 64

Watercolor 5" x 7" at Elephant Hill

Sketchbook, pens and watercolor

Friday, June 7, 2019

White Flowers

On a couple recent spring Saturday paint-outs we had some beautiful white flowers blooming.  I was happy to get to try some Matilija poppies again last week at Bailey Canyon Park.  I painted these at Eaton Canyon a few years ago, Matilijas.  A few weeks ago we were at Memorial Park in Pasadena where the white iceberg roses were blooming.  Hard to believe it's been six years since I painted there, Another Park!  We've had some beautiful flowers this spring after our rainy winter.

Watercolor 7" x 5"

Watercolor 5" x 7"

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Two Gardens

The flowers in Southern California have been spectacular this year due to the high rainfall totals we've had.  Flowers always bring out the plein air painters.  I'm looking forward to more paint-outs at local parks and gardens this season.

Arlington Garden, Watercolor 5" x 7"

Wrigley Rose Garden, Watercolor 5" x 7"

Eucalyptus Ptychocarpa