I know, it doesn't sound like a fabulous title for an art blog. But one of the things I love about the Saturday paint-out group is the variety of painting locations and a recent one was definitely "industrial decay". The group's organizer is a wonderful like-minded artist, Barbara Field. Since I found out about the group last year we've been to quite a few unusual, maybe even offbeat places to paint. A terrific thing!
A few weeks ago we had Industrial Decay in Alhambra as the location. This was something I thought would be interesting to paint. Behind a very busy street lined with chain stores, is an old area of huge warehouses and structures used for metal working and fabricating. The buildings and hangars are deserted now and beautifully rusty. I had been taking photos through the chain link fences of the old, crumbling structures. But the day we met to paint, there was a DEMO notice on the fence. The fence had a new liner so it was hard to see the buildings and the demolition had already started. We heard a new mall is going in the space. We'll see.
At one end of the block Alhambra Foundry is still in business and I found a view to paint there. They've been fabricating steel and making manhole covers since 1923. Another exciting location!