Friday, September 23, 2016

Liz's Patio!

I was really looking forward to the Saturday paint-out at Liz's house.  Liz is an artist in many media and I know from her Pasadena Adjacent blog that she has eclectic tastes and likes funky flea market finds...just my style as well.  I knew she would have a great garden and I wasn't disappointed.  From Liz's patio there is also a nice view to the next hillside.  What to paint!  I thought about titling this post "Goldfinches!" because of Liz's feeder and the many visitors she had.  Such fun to watch while painting.  I tried a small gouache piece and had to leave out so much of my view.  I only had room for one birdhouse instead of two, only one decorative blue bottle instead of many.  I did add three little goldfinches.  Thanks Liz!

7" x 5" Gouache

Monday, September 19, 2016

Patio Plants

We had a beautiful day for plein air painting in Sierra Madre last week.  One of our artists works at a salon that's located in a charming bungalow.  He got permission for us to paint there and I was happy with the many views for a possible painting.  I ended up doing a small watercolor of the colorful potted plants on the north patio.  The shadows on the building next door also caught my eye.

7" x 5" Watercolor

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Umbrellas!

The Plein Aires paint-out group chose Arlington Garden for our location last Friday.  Arlington Garden is a beautiful place and is ever changing.  What to paint at the garden is always a hard decision since there are so many great views.  On my previous paint-out there I painted Poppies! featuring the red poppies blooming in the spring.  Not a trace of poppies in September.  From where I painted that watercolor, I noticed the table and striped umbrella had been replaced by new green umbrellas.  There is huge old pepper tree to sit under and one of the artists was painting at the table under the new umbrellas so I tried a watercolor again from the same spot.  Check out the great views below~

8" x 10" Watercolor

Wishing trees

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Local Monastery

We returned to Mater Dolorosa Monastery in Sierra Madre last week for the paint-out.  It's been a retreat location since 1926.  It's wonderful that they don't mind visiting plein air artists.  This was my third visit.  I painted a watercolor Painting at the Monastery last time.  The herd of deer that we saw then was there again and didn't mind photos.  Neat to see them.  I've probably been avoiding painting the main building so I gave it a try in gouache.  I sat down a slope from the main building and just had view of it peeking through the trees above me.  It's always a peaceful setting for painting, a quiet retreat.

7" x 5" Gouache

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Old Mill Sketch

The Old Mill in San Marino is such a wonderful setting.  The historic adobe building from 1816 is surrounded by lovely gardens and fruit trees.  The last time I painted there was in January, Old Mill in January.  Since it's summer, there was a possibility of very hot weather but the day was perfect.  In 2012 when I had just started plein air painting it was over 100 degrees for our Saturday paint-out at the Old Mill.  Special events are another possibility there, especially on a Saturday.  Sure enough, at one point a woman told us that people would be setting up for a wedding in about half an hour.  We were painting where the wedding activity would be.  I painted a little more quickly and finished up as arriving planners and flowers started blocking my view.  Plein air painting can be exciting!

5" x 7" Watercolor

My 2012 10" x 8" Watercolor

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Virtual Paintout - Norway!

Every month I enjoy participating in The Virtual Paintout hosted by Bill Guffey.  For August Bill chose Norway for artists to look around using Google Street View.  Norway looked very beautiful and prosperous to me.  It was quite a change from the July Virtual Paintout in Cambodia.  I had a long list of possible views I found to paint.  I usually like to try two very different scenes, usually a cityscape and a landscape.  But this time I liked the coastline landscapes around the long fiords so much that I tried two views.  There was some snow to try as well.  I don't get to paint snow very often.  

5" x 7" Watercolor

5" x 7" Watercolor

Friday, August 26, 2016

Fletcher Avenue

This is another gouache piece painted in South Pasadena a couple months ago.  It was in May when we had some overcast "May Gray" days.  The Saturday paint-out group met on Fletcher Avenue.  It's a beautiful tree-lined street with some lovely houses to paint.  Our leader, Barbara Field, had a commission to paint one of the homes so we were walking the street looking for our views.  There were several homeowners asking what we were doing.  They were very accommodating when we turned out to be harmless artists.  I seem to like views that are between buildings, as I painted in Neighbors, another South Pasadena neighborhood.  I liked this view of a driveway with an orange tree, palms and utility poles.  I had a curious cat as my audience.

7" x 5" Gouache