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

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

June Jacarandas

We are lucky in Southern California to have Jacaranda trees blooming in May and June.  Their beautiful purple-violet flowers are stunning when they cover the trees.  There are several nearby streets planted with the trees for blocks.  The flowers fall leaving a purple carpet on the streets.  They are very fragrant as well.  But parking under a tree results in many stubbornly sticky flowers on the car.  Still, painters look forward to Jacaranda season and plan paint-outs to see them.  This was my watercolor from 2019 Spring Flowers! painted on location.  This year's watercolor was painted from a photo I took at Marengo Elementary in South Pasadena.

Watercolor 5" x 7"

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Safer At Home Art

May 2020,  The weekly plein air paint-outs I love are on hold now of course.  We're painting at home or maybe from our cars.  There are some wonderful online opportunities to be creative that I've really appreciated having for inspiration.  I've done a few watercolors from my backyard, and some front yard flowers as well.  It's been nice to have the aloes and irises blooming.  I've really missed seeing my paint-out friends and the annual wild flowers blooming this spring.  Hopefully more paint-outs will be happening.

7" x 5" Watercolor

4" x 6" Postcard

4" x 6" Postcard

Friday, April 10, 2020

Last Summer~

Remembering two visits to one of my favorite gardens last summer.  It's always fun for me to visit Arlington Garden with a paint-out group.  Although the garden is relatively small, there are always so many views to paint.  There are flowers to paint close-up or more distant views.  I always seem to choose the more distant views.  Trying a more close-up floral is something I want to paint.  A branch of spring flowers would be perfect.

8" x 10" Watercolor

7" x 5" Watercolor

These wild parrots entertained us while we painted.

Amaryllis belladonna

The Wishing Trees

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

March 2020

As we all know, the world has changed.  Painting has always been so relaxing.  Meeting friends at our paint-out locations has always been fun.  Of course the paint-outs have been cancelled.  At least we have the technology now to be able to stay connected.  Friends have been painting from photos and our own yards and gardens.  So,  I've gone out in my backyard twice to paint my blooming aloes in watercolor and also in gouache.  I'm sure I will be painting more from my own backyard.

7" x 5" Watercolor

7" x 5" Gouache