Wednesday, September 26, 2012

The Nursery!

I love to take snapshots at nurseries but didn't have painting opportunities at any until last Saturday.  Bellefontaine Nursery in Pasadena was on the list of our paint-out locations and I was looking forward to it.  We almost didn't get permission to paint there but happily we were finally OKed.  The nursery is owned by a Japanese family and has been open since 1939.  The main building is an old, wood frame style that you just don't see here much any more.  Wonderful that it's still standing for us to enjoy.  The nursery has so many alcoves of plant varieties, lath structures, and pots that I spent too long walking around investigating and had to quickly chose a view to start painting.      

I've always loved the look of lath houses.  Lots of interesting shapes and all those patterns of light and shadow catch my eye.  I chose a spot to paint with a view into one of the lath houses that was roped off.  My painting (approx. 8"x10") and view, and also a photo of the modest set-up I'm using right now.  I hand-hold a watercolor block.  I was waiting for my first wash to dry when I took this shot.  There's also a photo below of a little friend I saw while investigating.





  

12 comments:

  1. love that you paint outside! Great subject matter and well resolved...and loose!! keep it up, Sherry!

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    1. Hi Frank! Thank you for visiting and such a nice comment! I'm addicted to plein air it seems. See you at the NWS demo!

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  2. Hi Sherry:) This one is beautiful too. Nice loose style what you do very well. Beautiful photo's:)

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    1. Thank you Renate, maybe toooo loose. Guess tighter painting isn't in me since leaving the commecial art behind. :-)

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  3. wow!!!This is beautiful,and a lovely secene!!!
    a very very very good work-)))
    kisses from Greece-)
    Christa

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    1. Hi Christa! Our daughter's name is Christa too! Thank you for visiting and such a nice comment.

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  4. I think your painting captures the feeling of the day and the place. And now I see the kitten.

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    1. Thanks Barbara! So happy we got to paint there!

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  5. It always amazes me how you can turn something so ordinary into the extraordinary! Love it!

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    1. Hi Bridget! Thank you, really nice to see you here!

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  6. Found you among my followers, love your work...

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