I've been loving my recent plein air paint-outs so much that I started thinking about it a little. My first experience with painting on location was way back in art school...a lot of years ago. I had a watercolor landscape painting class on Fridays. We met at various locations around the Los Angeles area from the mountains, to downtown, to the ocean. I enjoyed painting outdoors a lot. Over the years I tried to find out about local paint-outs but was unsuccessful until I took a workshop from Brenda Swenson. She mentioned the group that I'm now joining on Thursdays. What a revelation it was to me! I was so excited to go painting with the group. It turns out they've been meeting since 1991. I'm a little late but enthusiastic!
In March I met the group for my first plein air painting experience since the art school class many years ago. The location was a private home overlooking the arroyo in Pasadena. Oh My. It was a beautiful day and view. "The View" is of two well-known Pasadena landmarks, the Colorado Street Bridge and the Vista Del Arroyo Hotel, photo below. Being my first paint-out experience in a long time I was overwhelmed with the view and didn't know how I would paint it. So, I chose a view of of the neighbor's house which had some gorgeous shadows and trees. Here is my painting, my view, The View, and some of the group I was so excited to finally find out about.
Below is the view I'll try next time!
This group gets many artists attending, painting in both watercolor and oil.
Just a few of the pieces from the day.