Sunday, February 7, 2016

Fork Plaza

Since I go out with several paint-out groups I'm behind on posting my paintings.  And I should catch up on some that are a few months old.  But I had so much fun yesterday with our Saturday group that I'm adding that piece today. 

Just a few of us returned to Fork Plaza in Pasadena, to paint the fork in the road as well as the 18 foot tall fork.  We painted there over three years ago, an early plein air piece for me, The Fork.  The fork was put there in 2009 and went through some city politics before it was allowed to stay.  The day felt like spring even though it's February, and the view was bright and clear.  We painters had several choices of interesting views from the state owned vacant lot where we found our shady spots.  There was even a lovely, picturesque alley I hadn't noticed before.  But, it was about the fork and I loved all the verticals in my view - the fork, palms, and utility poles.      

8" x 10" Watercolor

The 18 foot tall fork from behind.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Old Mill in January

Last month I returned to the Old Mill in San Marino for a paint-out.  I didn't realize it's been over two years since I last painted there and posted, Fall at the Old Mill.  Also, I haven't visited the property in January before.  The old adobe building from 1816 is surrounded with lovely gardens and fruit trees.   I was surprised to see the the pomegranate trees bare of leaves as well as fruit.  The trees usually shade the patio area so it was striking to see just dark trunks and branches.   I just loved that dramatic view and painted a watercolor from the path outside the line of trees, looking through them.  Fun piece to try!       

8" x 10" Watercolor

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Virtual Paintout - Scotland!

The Virtual Paintout location for January 2016 was Scotland.  Bill Guffey chooses the monthly location for artists to virtually find their view to paint using Google Street View.  I really enjoy looking around cities and countries that I'll never be able to visit in person.  The areas I saw of Scotland looked beautiful.  What a charming place to visit.  It was definitely quite a change from the past several month's paint-outs in Ecuador, Istanbul, and the Philippines.  Amazing!  I like to use the virtual paint-outs as practice for the local ones I go on.  Brush miles are always a good thing.

5" x 7" watercolor

5" x 7" watercolor


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Lummis Light

In the fall, the Saturday paint-out group met at the famous Lummis House.  It was my third time painting there.  My first watercolor was three years ago, Lummis House.  I still like this piece but the painting I tried on my second visit wasn't going well and never finished.  It's lovely to be there to see this unusual home made from arroyo stones, and the surrounding sycamore trees offer beautiful dappled light.  These things are a challenge to paint, at least for me.  I started off with my usual 8"x 10" size but decided to crop and concentrate on the light to the east past the stone tower.  There are many views to try at the historic home so I'm looking forward to our next visit as always.

7" x 5" Watercolor


Saturday, January 23, 2016

Another Neighborhood

A few weeks ago we returned to the Angelino Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles.  Time flies since I wouldn't have thought it was over two years ago when I last painted there.  It was when I was more ambitious I guess since I painted a watercolor as well as a gouache and posted them in Angelino Heights.  I was trying to get more practice with using gouache so I scrambled to paint two plein air pieces in our few hours at the location.  I would paint these pieces differently now, so it's fun to look back a little.   

Angelino Heights is such an interesting, old neighborhood.  It's very hilly with many terrific Victorian homes, and great views of downtown Los Angeles.  We met at the area's central triangular island where several streets come together.  It's a good place to sit and paint, but there is no shade.  I decided to be under a tree and try a view which included the island and some of the neighborhood.  It's always a busy place.    

8" x 10" Watercolor

Bob's Market, neighborhood landmark since 1910.

The island from across the street, next to Bob's.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


A month or so ago the Saturday paint-out group met in a quaint neighborhood of South Pasadena.  Since I've lived in South Pasadena for many years I'm always noticing views that might be fun to paint so it was a treat to have our city as the location.  This area of the town is the oldest section and still shows its rustic roots...very picturesque to plein air painters of course.  But, sometimes it's hard to decide what to paint.  There is a wonderful alley but I didn't see where I could be out of the way.  Plus a barking dog just didn't want a painter there.  After walking around for quite awhile looking for a view to try, I settled on the space between two homes with lots of great details.  I always like palm trees, cacti, and telephone lines!    

5" x 7" Gouache

The barking dog's house...

Friday, January 15, 2016

Myrtle Avenue Revisited

It seems I've revisited many local locations for paint-outs with several different groups.  So, as mentioned in my Myrtle Avenue post, I returned to Monrovia's Library Park a month later with another plein air group.  There are always new subjects and vistas to choose.  Even alleys are sometimes interesting but finding shade is usually a problem.  For my visit in January, I couldn't resist looking north along Myrtle Avenue at the hazy mountains and three striking palm trees.  It was a busy street corner and we had quite a few people stopping by to comment.  A newspaper photographer even took some photos of the group and our paintings.  We don't know if we made the paper.

8" x 10" Watercolor

Moreton Bay Fig tree in the library park.