Recent springtime plein air paint-outs were at the Wrigley Mansion in Pasadena. Since 1958 the Wrigley Mansion has been the official headquarters for the Tournament of Roses which organizes the famous Rose Parade on New Years Day. It was one of chewing gum magnate William Wrigley's homes, and his wife's favorite since she could watch the parade from her front yard. They purchased the adjoining property in 1915 to make a 4.5 acre garden which is magnificent today.
What a great place to paint in the spring. It wasn't too hot and the roses were gorgeous. There is a beautiful curving pergola which features the large rose garden on the west side. It's an official garden for the American Rose Society and has 1,500 roses. Just beautiful.
Our Saturday group met at the mansion and we all chose to paint on the south side. It was a beautiful day and I felt OK about my painting. But the next time I had my painting bag out I noticed I had left my eraser at the mansion. Well, the following Friday the group painted in the main rose garden area. I went back to where I was on Saturday and found my eraser! That day I tried painting the roses and did two pieces, a watercolor and smaller gouache. I'm finding the gouache to be a lot of fun after it starts coming together.