Sunday, December 16, 2018


I was happy to paint at our local Arroyo Seco Stables again recently.  It's been awhile since my previous paint-out there, Another Fun Challenge.  There are many options for subjects to paint at this location.  Not sure why I ended up painting the backs of some horse trailers.  No possible problems like trash and ants this time.  The view had lots of exciting textures and colors so I gave it a try in gouache.  

5" x 7" Gouache

One of the resident stable cats

Monday, December 10, 2018

Pink Flowers!

After several fall, autumn posts, I should add a watercolor from my most recent visit to our local Arboretum.  I painted this piece in September after the paint-out group's planning meeting.  I think trees with large flowers are so unusual as well as appealing.  I was surprised to see this tree with big pink flowers in late summer when it seemed fall would be coming soon.  I think this tree is a Tabebuia impetiginosa.  It was fun to paint for sure.

7" x 5" Watercolor

Friday, December 7, 2018

Garden Ideas

I've been to our local Arboretum a few times since my last blog post painting from there, Trumpets and Fire Sticks.  On these visits I did a relatively quick painting following a paint-out group's planning meeting.  For this piece I visited one of the display gardens where there are ideas for our own back yards.  It's a lovely area and of course the resident peacocks were entertaining as always.

5" x 7" Watercolor

A greeting peacock in the parking lot

Friday, November 30, 2018

Fall Leaves

As mentioned in my previous blog post I returned to Arlington Garden for another paint-out.  I was very surprised to see how much the leaves had changed colors in just a few weeks.  The trees surrounding one of the Garden's main terraces had been green.  In fact I've only seen green leaves on these trees.  But today it was a little shocking to see the changes in the leaves on the whole ring of trees.  The leaves had suddenly and beautifully turned to bright fall reds, oranges and yellows.  Beautiful!

7" x 5" Gouache

The Wishing Trees

Monday, November 26, 2018

Autumn Garden

On a recent visit to favorite Arlington Garden in Pasadena there was a fall feeling although not many autumn leaves.  Our temperatures haven't been very cold yet.  Since it was a lovely, sunny morning, there were many photographers with their clients.  From the photoshoots I saw it looked like all were children with the photographers trying to get some posed and candid shots.  I thought it was so busy with families possibly for Christmas card photos.  As always it was fun painting with friends and I'm looking forward to another visit this week.

8" x 10" Watercolor

The Wishing Trees

Friday, November 16, 2018

Autumn Season

I was very lucky last month to be able to join a paint-out at Autumn Leaf Farm in Monrovia, CA.  It was created by a family that designs and builds floats for the annual Tournament of Roses Parade.  From my visit it was obvious that their main focus is autumn, Halloween, pumpkins, and everything to do with the season.  And, wow, for such a small property in a regular neighborhood, an autumn wonderland was created.  I was amazed by the animals and fall season plants, pumpkins and corn.  Of course it was hard to decide what to paint, and I'm looking forward to another visit sometime.

8" x 10" Watercolor

Nora Koerber and Brenda Swenson at work

Friday, November 9, 2018

Walking Man

Wow, it was last January when I painted the Walking Man at the South Pasadena Metro station.   I'm way behind with my blog posts!  A wonderful feature at our Gold Line Mission Station is the 10-foot bronze strip statue.  This neat public art is by Michael Stutz, which he titled "Astride-Aside".   It was placed there in 2003 and has been decorated casually by people for special days and events.  I'm happy to have this piece in South Pasadena.

7" x 5" Watercolor