I added the figure in this painting to add interest. I'm better at painting figures now after taking a fantastic workshop from Alvaro Castangnet in April, in Fallbrook CA. What a treat that was.
Friday, July 6, 2012
The plein air painting group I've recently found met at Arlington Garden in Pasadena, CA last week. I painted a watercolor there in April with the Thursday group of artists so I was looking forward to finding another view to paint. It is a beautiful urban public/community garden, home to many endangered California native plants. It's a place to find serenity right next to busy streets, and is a popular spot for photographers and painters. It's a great place to see what's blooming at different times of year. I decided to try painting the small maintenance shed which had some other fun things around it last week. Here is my painting and photo. I'll also add my painting of the garden from last April.
My photo reference of my view.
This is the piece I painted in April. It was my first paint-out after the Castagnet workshop so I added figures sitting at the table. Both of these pieces are on a 9x12" watercolor block including a narrow border.