Thursday, January 16, 2020

Farnsworth Park 2020

I'm finally posting my first 2020 plein air piece.  We had a chilly paint-out at Farnsworth Park in Altadena about a week ago.  My previous paint-out there was two years ago, Farnsworth View.  I needed to touch up my watercolor at home but other projects got in the away.  It was a clear, pretty day so the park was busy.  I was happy that there were still some autumn leaves to add some color!

5" x 7" Watercolor

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Library Shade

I thought I would have a new painting for 2020 by now but...not yet.  I have several from 2019 I haven't posted so here is a small piece from a few weeks ago.  There is a nice bench by the huge Morton Bay Fig tree at our local library.  It was a chilly morning so the bench in the dappled sun was a good place to sit for a painting.  What could I see to paint from the bench?  The view across the street of the busy coffee shop on the corner was a great subject, and one I've painted several times before.  My previous painting was in 2017, Corner Coffee.  I always enjoy South Pasadena views for my watercolor.

7" x 5" Watercolor

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Last for 2019~

I had planned to try something different, maybe a floral with Christmas colors, for my final painting in 2019.  Turns out it might be my first for 2020.  So, my last bit of art for 2019 was a sketch last Saturday with our plein air group.  We were at Memorial Park in Sierra Madre.  I was thinking of a sketch of the community garden there but it was being redone, adding more plots.  I noticed the side street to the east had a nice mix of buildings and trees, and wires which I like to add.  It was a cold morning so I decided to do a pen sketch rather than a watercolor.  The Stabilo pens are water soluble so I did add some water to see how that would go.  It's been fun to experiment with the various pens available.  Looking forward to doing more watercolor painting in 2020!

5" x 7" Pens

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Christmas Lights

I had to miss our recent paint-out at a busy plaza featuring holiday decorations.  But I wanted to try painting something holiday inspired.  In December three years ago I took a photo of the home across the street from us.  It's always decorated for every holiday and especially for Christmas.  The pretty lights at dusk caught my eye.  Have a wonderful holiday!

5" x 7" Watercolor


Saturday, December 21, 2019

St. Luke's

We've met several times to paint at St. Luke's Hospital in Pasadena.  The hospital was built in 1933 and closed in 2002.  No longer a hospital, it's been a popular location for movie and TV filming, including Kill Bill and LaLa Land.  I hadn't tried painting the building before.  On one visit I painted the apartments on the opposite side of the busy boulevard,  The Yellow Apartments.  On another visit, since I like utility poles, I painted the curve in Washington Blvd in gouache but I didn't finish so I brought the piece back the next time to finish it.  I'm still not sure it's finished but it's included here.  So on our recent visit in October I finally tried painting a watercolor of the main hospital building.  Pretty sunshine that morning.

5" x 7" Watercolor

5" x 7" Gouache

Vintage postcard

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Nearby Lake

I always enjoy our peaceful paint-outs at the nearby Peck Road Water Conservation Park.  There is the lake which started out as a rock quarry, as well as expansive mountain views.  The lake is challenge to paint as the water moves continuously with the wind and wildlife.  I also like the industrial buildings on the east side ridge above the lake.  On our recent visit, I tried to include some of them.  A favorite painting is sort of this same view but I was closer to the water and didn't have a view of the buildings, Morning At The Lake.  Looking forward to next time as always!

8" x 10" Watercolor

8" x 10" Watercolor of fishermen at the lake

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Two Autumn Sketches

I've enjoyed doing more sketches and trying some of the great pens available now.  One of the Facebook groups has a monthly sketch event which I like to participate in.  It's not a competition, just for fun and practice.  For the autumn season I've done two autumn themed sketches for the group's event.  The rose hip, and Nandina, Heavenly Bamboo, berries were both in my own garden.  Of course I add a little watercolor.

Rose Hip

Nandini berries (Heavenly Bamboo)