I hadn't been to Crescenta Valley Park until recently for a plein air paint-out with the Saturday group. It was a beautiful day and I was looking forward to painting with friends.
The park is way up next to the foothills. It's very large and spread out with lots of mature trees. I was kind of hoping there would be things to paint there besides trees. But I'm really up for trying to do a painting from whatever subjects we find on the paint-outs. It turned out that the Crescenta Valley Dog Park was next to the main park. Lots of dogs and their owners were there on Saturday morning. There was also a large gathering of people getting ready for a big party picnic.
From up a hilly park path I had a nice view of the dog park and the picnic. I decided to try a watercolor of the picnic crowd of people. Many were wearing bright colors for the party. While waiting for washes to dry I painted a smaller gouache piece of the dog park. I kept wishing the people and the dogs would hold still. I had been a little frustrated after the workshop with Joseph Zbukvic, my brushes not coming together with my thoughts. This Saturday some points that Joseph taught seemed to be soaking in more. These two were fun to paint!
|8 x 10" watercolor|
|5 x 7" gouache|