Our group "Thursdays en Plein Air" met recently at the Cobb Estate in Altadena. I hadn't been there before so I was looking forward to it. I heard from fellow painters that the once grand Spanish style mansion is gone. All that's left is some of the foundation and a few stairs. The Cobbs built the home in 1918 with money from the lumber business. The internet says that after several owners the Marx Brothers bought the mansion in 1956. But it was neglected, and the remnants of its former greatness were eventually removed. It's also a supposedly ghostly place and is sometimes known as the Haunted Forest.
A disintegrating driveway leads into the area, which is gorgeous, with lots of trees and greenery. The estate is at the foot of the mountains so there were many hikers and dog walkers out on the hiking trails. Since I wasn't planning to paint any structures in the area I brought my gouache to practice with. I was going to try two small 5"x7" pieces but I measured and taped my paper incorrectly. So, I painted one larger piece and guessed at the dimensions for two smaller ACEOs or ATCs, 2.5"x3.5". I had a lot of fun that day and I'm enjoying my gouache experiments.