Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Painting at the Monastery

We returned to paint at the Mater Dolorosa Monastery in Sierra Madre, a men's retreat since 1926.  My first paint-out there was six months ago and I painted one of the fountains in gouache, Monastery Fountain.  Soon after we arrived a family of seven deer came through the monastery grounds.  It looked like a daily excursion for them.

The sale of twenty acres of the monastery property has been discussed for several years so we want to keep the spot on the paint-out location list.  It was a beautiful day which usually makes it hard for me to chose a subject to paint.  I had a few areas in mind and ended up sitting under a huge Moreton Bay Fig tree.  There was a nice view of yellow flowers, and a few painting friends who were fun to include.

8" x 10" Watercolor

My set up is dwarfed by the Moreton Bay Fig

I couldn't get the whole deer family of seven in one photo

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Playhouse Plaza

We had an overcast day for our paint-out last Saturday.  The San Gabriel Mission Playhouse was on the schedule.  I posted about the last two times I painted there in Playhouse Festivities.  That previous visit was also a drizzly day and I painted a gouache piece of the fountain.  On this visit, to stay out of the sprinkles we all sat under an arcade area with a view of the plaza and front of the playhouse.  The fountain is surrounded by a pretty, tiled planter with roses and other flowers.  With this gouache piece I tried to have the planter and flowers as a foreground for the trees and neighboring buildings.  I've signed up for a gouache workshop this coming weekend so it will be exciting to see a different way of working with this medium.

5" x 7" Gouache


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Marsh Park

I'm titling this post Marsh Park but it's really about the Los Angeles River, the LA River.  There is a paint-out group that meets at various locations along the LA River on Tuesdays.  I've only been to a few Tuesday paint-outs but I really enjoy painting there when I've been able to join.  Always very relaxing.  This gouache was a piece I painted with the group about a year ago, View Across the River.

I've been wanting to visit the river at Marsh Park.  It's a very newly developed park and is really beautifully done.  It's a very nice access point to the river and bike path.  Many of the small park river access points feature beautifully handmade, custom gates by local artists.  The Marsh Park gate is by Brett Goldstone and is spectacular.  I might try painting it next time but it was the river view to the freeway this time.

8" x 10" Watercolor

Just part of the gate.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Study at Oxy

I recently painted at Occidental College again.  It was my second paint-out there.  My first painting got "cropped" way down to a much smaller size, just keeping the part I thought was okay.  We had a pretty but windy day at "Oxy" this time.  The beautiful college has been in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles for 100 years.  There are stately buildings and lovely landscapes on the grounds so I had many choices of views to paint.  After walking around quite awhile browsing, I decided to try a small watercolor "study" from the location my fellow painters had chosen.  I'm looking forward to trying another area of the campus next time.

5" x 7" Watercolor

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Blue House

A recent gouache piece painted from the hilltop Southwest Museum parking lot.  We were also there in March and I tried a watercolor that day, Southwest View.   This is the same hillside view but this time I included the striking blue house and the yellow house.  I avoided them last time.  A fun "pop of color"!

5" x 7" Gouache

Museum tower

Too much weed whacking that day!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Virtual Paintout - Maine, Route 1!

I'm still participating in the monthly Virtual Paintouts, still enjoying virtually visiting locations all over the world.  Bill Guffey organizes the Virtual Paintout where artists use Google Street View at the month's location to find their views to paint.  Bill posts all of the submissions on the blog and on Facebook.

For May 2016, the location was Route 1 in Maine from Rockland to Milbridge.  There are some very charming towns along the Maine coast!  It looks like a beautiful place to visit.  Maybe someday!

5" x 7" Watercolor, Camden, Maine

5" x 7" Watercolor, Rockland, Maine

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Small Vineyard

The Saturday paint-out group returned to Deukmejian Wilderness Park last month for painting and a birthday lunch.  We had a beautiful morning there.  I was surprised to see bright new growth on the vines in the small vineyard, and water in the debris basin.  On my previous visit I painted a watercolor, A Stone Barn, so I decided to try a gouache piece this time.  The sun kept moving of course, so the 1914 stone barn began in shadow, then it was in some sunlight.  Plein air painting has its challenges.

5" x 7" Gouache