Monday, November 5, 2012

Debs Park

A recent plein air paint-out was at the Audubon Center at Debs Park in Los Angeles.  It was a beautiful morning.  I had only been to the center for a short visit before they closed one day.  The whole park is over 280 acres which encompasses hiking trails, gardens, and ball fields spread over a lot of hillsides with city views.  The park has wonderful native trees and chaparrel, the summer drought-tolerant plants which cover a lot of California.

There is a large pond which I haven't seen yet since it's on the other side of a hill from the Audubon Center.  This natural area with available water is on the north-south route for migratory birds.  It was fun to look around in the morning.  Beautiful, dramatic tree shadows.  The view I chose to paint was a small pond featuring tall cattail plants.  I was painting from a big shadow area, and looking out into the sun at the Center building and grape vine walk.  The colorful sycamore trees, which I find to be a challenge to paint, provided some of the shadows around me.  Families were arriving for a child's birthday party so any birds coming to the pond left quickly!  I had fun talking with some of the kids who usually seem interested in painters.    




13 comments:

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    1. HI Sylviane, It was so beautiful when we were there. I need to see the rest of it!

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  2. A nice scene captured so very well Sherry

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  3. Me encanta tu interpretaciĆ³n.Ciao

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  4. Hello, I think your starting this painting group is wonderful. Im learning on my own watercolor and your landscaps are so wonderful. Cant wait to see more.
    Thank you,
    Linda

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    1. Hi Linda, thank you for stopping by my blog. I really appreciate your comments!

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  5. What a beautiful autumn scene, Sherry. Wish I was there!

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    1. Thank you Terry! It was another fun morning painting outdoors.

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  6. beautiful shade and dappled light here! I also love the deep transparent color in all your works!

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  7. Your painting is so much more alive than the photo. That is what art should be all about. The shadow color of the foreground is particularly lovely.

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    1. Hi Julie! Thank you for checking my blog and the wonderful comment!

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