It was a beautiful day to paint with the group at the Old Mill, El Molino Viejo, in San Marino. The last time I painted there was in October and the pomegranates were ripe. I painted the trees from the Pomegranate Patio, posted in "The Pomegranate Patio". It's such a lovely place to paint and was one of my first plein air painting experiences with the group. I posted two watercolors in "The Old Mill" in September.
On our recent plein air painting day the pomegranates were gone but the yellow Lady Banks rose covering the rustic gazebo was in full bloom. I'm adding a photo below of it. I had planned to try painting it but changed my mind. I settled on a view of one of the old entrances to the mill with the dramatic trees behind. Just to the left of this corner of the building are some stairs up to the rose-covered gazebo. While waiting for my watercolor washes to dry I decided to try a smaller (5x7") gouache piece of the view of the yellow roses through the trees. The gouache dries faster than transparent watercolor so my plan worked well. The Garden Club of America was also visiting at the mill so it was a busy morning.