Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Castle Green Revisited

Last fall I painted in Central Park in Pasadena which has a great view of the old Castle Green Hotel (1887).  I posted my two paintings from those two paint-outs in Castle Green.  The hotel is very distinctive and has features which are hard to paint so that they look right.  I don't usually try to paint things in an exacting way but this hotel needs to have its character looking correct.  

The plein air group that is newest to me met a few weeks ago in Central Park.  The park covers a whole city block and has some nice features.  It's got horse shoe pits and two lawn bowling courts.  I thought instead of trying to paint the difficult hotel, maybe some lawn bowling would be fun to paint.  People are usually there playing games.  But, our small group all stayed near the north end of the park near the hotel and I wanted to stay with the group.  There's a nice rose garden with some old brick buildings across the street.  That view might have been fun to try but that whole side of the park was fenced off for some construction.  I got a late start so I painted a small gouache.  In some ways gouache is more forgiving than transparent watercolor, perfect for the hotel.     

This paint-out group, The Plein Aires, is the one having the gallery show this month.  At the reception I was very very surprised to see my second painting of the Castle Green Hotel with a red "sold" dot!  My first! 

5" x 7" Gouache




10 comments:

  1. This is quite an undertaking and you did an excellent job ... I admire artists that can make a painting look great with so much in it..
    BJ

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  2. Congratulations Sherry, first maybe but now your work is out there I am sure you are go into be kept busy

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    1. Thanks Lorraine! Nice thought on future sales!

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  3. I like your new Castle Green painting very much. I'm happy about your sale.

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    1. Thanks Barbara! The sale piece is the one I painted with you in the drizzle.

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  4. I think you could start a Castle Green series. Congrats on your first sale. Here's to many more.

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  5. Really pleased for you Sherry. About time though your work is fabulous and deserves to be cherished by others.

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    1. Thank you Laura! You're so nice to say that!

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