Last Saturday's plein air paint-out was at Oaklawn Bridge in South Pasadena. This is a beautiful and interesting bridge. It was designed in 1906 by architects Charles and Henry Greene, their only bridge project. The bridge was built to link the housing development on Oaklawn Avenue with the main street. It spanned the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe rail line and the Cycleway. Today the rail line is for the light rail Gold Line. One of my photos below was shot from on top of the pedestrian bridge of a Gold Line train. There was a great view from the bridge but I couldn't find any shade for painting. An umbrella someday.
The graceful concrete bridge was a difficult subject for me to find good view to paint. Unfortunately, there is a busy parking lot, a large building, and South Pasadena's Rose Parade float headquarters located right at the bridge. Volunteers were at work dismantling the parade float and I considered painting them. I finally found a view I liked and I think the piece went well. As always, it was a fun morning painting with friends.