Monday, November 19, 2012

Vista Del Arroyo

I first painted at this location with the Saturday group in July and posted my painting in "Saturday Paint-Out 2!".  Last Thursday we painted there again on a chilly day with rain threatening.  The beautiful Vista del Arroyo was another of Pasadena's great resort hotels.  This one is on a hill which overlooks the Arroyo Seco.  It's in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, with a stunning yellow and aqua, tiled, 6-story bell tower, and completed in 1930.  Today the building is government property and serves as the U.S. Court of Appeals.  I ran across an old 1930's linen postcard of the hotel and Colorado Street Bridge I'll add below.

The day started off so dreary and wet-looking that I had in mind to try to paint a version of the hotel with minimal details since there wasn't any light and shadow.  I chose a view from up the street a little ways so that I could include the flag pole and flag for some color.  I had fun as always and the rain held off until we were finished painting and talking about our work.  I'll also include a view I thought about trying and you can see several fellow artists painted from there.







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    1. Hi Maggie! Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  2. Hi Sherry,
    It is interesting to see how you develop your painting,since you share your reference picture sort of a learning happens, your buildings are so perfectly crafted with brush and color, enjoyed your work very much!
    Thanks for your visit and feed back on my fall painting.

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    1. Hi Padmaja, I'm happy you like my reference photos since I'm never sure whether to post them. Thank you for such a nice comment.

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  3. I'm no good at aquarella but I can appreciate your beautiful paintings. Bravo!

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  4. How courteous of the rain to hold off til you were done! But you really caught the feeling of an overcast day well!

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    1. Thanks Terry, it seems like these dreary days are timed to the paint-outs this month.

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