What a beautiful morning for a plein air paint-out. We met at Deukmejian Wilderness Park in La Crescenta, California. I hadn't visited the park before and was surprised to see a large and stunning two-story stone barn. The French Le Mesnager family built the barn in 1914, using local river rock, on land they acquired in 1898. It was used as a stable and grape storage for their downtown Los Angeles winery. There is still a small vineyard producing a small amount of wine yearly which is tended by the Stonebarn Vineyard Conservancy.
Our painting group had some wonderful views to consider. I found some shade with a nice view of the barn and vineyard. The park is located way up a hill so it's pretty quiet with mostly neighbors out walking dogs or hiking. I had to include a dog walker in my watercolor. There are also some spectacular views from the hillside of the valley and mountains. I'm ready for a return visit!
|8 x 10" watercolor|