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.