Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Yellow House

I hadn't been painting for almost two weeks but got back to it on Thursday.  The plein air group met at Westminster Gardens in Duarte, CA on Historic Route 66.  It's a "senior community" on 32 acres and is a beautiful location.  Some of the residences are small cottages situated along pathways through trees and gardens.  There is also a lovely pond with a bridge and koi fish.  

The first time I was at a paint-out there I tried to paint the pond area which is very pretty with many trees over-hanging the water and fountain.  It was last year and one of my first tries at plein air painting.  Oh my, what an awful painting I did!  It showcased one of my initial bad habits...too many brushstrokes.  I painted way too many tree branches, pond ripples, and splashes.  I would add the piece here as a bad example but I either painted over it with gouache or used the back for something else.  On my recent visit I looked briefly at the pond and kept walking.  I ran across a sweet little tile-roofed yellow brick home.  I was late arriving so I went with that view.  Some residents stopped by to chat, and lots of squirrels and lizards were fun to watch.  The piece went OK and it was great to get back to painting.  



8 comments:

  1. I think this is one of your best. The lovely warm glow you have is wonderful

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    1. Thank You Polly! I enjoyed painting this piece.

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    1. Thanks as always Terry! Love your comments.

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  3. I was going to say virtually the same too as these words sprung to mind immediately I viewed this lovely painting. The rest has not done you any harm Sherry.

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    1. Thank you Lorraine! I always appreciate your encouraging comments.

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  4. I love the looseness of your watercolors and so filled with light.

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    1. Hi Angela! I really appreciate your visits and nice comments!

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