The plein air paint-out group met recently at the South Pasadena Nature Park. The small natural area is on the north side of the York Blvd. bridge. As we all walked around looking for our inspiration for our paintings we walked under the bridge to the south side. Wow, much more excitement there. The walkway/path under the bridge is right next to the Pasadena Freeway which travels along the stream through the Arroyo Seco. The immediate area isn't built up so it's still charming and rustic.
On the south side of the bridge is Arroyo Seco Stables, in business since 1906. I'm sure we'll paint there sometime. The main feature next to the stables was a big, old, rusty, graffiti-covered truck. I couldn't help but choose the view looking back north through the arch of the bridge with the truck on the right. I haven't painted any trucks before so this was a first! The horses, chickens and roosters there really caught my eye to try painting next time.