Arlington Garden in Pasadena, California is such a special place. It's a public/community garden which is unlike any other garden. The plein air painters were there every week in the spring when it was full of flowers and butterflies. Every group I go on paint-outs with visited so I think I've painted there six times now. When we met at the garden last month I was excited to see what I might find to paint in the fall season.
Arlington Garden is made up of many "garden rooms" and "plant communities" which all change with the seasons. It was a beautiful morning for a visit and I was inspired to try a watercolor as well as a gouache. After looking around at the variety of fall views, I settled on the Mediterranean Allee area. This "room" is considered more formal with Spanish lavender planted between two rows of olive trees, with a pomegranate tree in each corner. There are chairs, tables, and even room to play bocce. From the quiet table I found on one end of the bocce court, next to the olive trees, I painted my two pieces including some red, almost ripe, pomegranates to add some fall color.
|8 x 10" watercolor|
|5 x 7" gouache|