On Friday one of the paint-out groups met at the L.A. River. I've painted there twice before and posted two pieces in L.A. River. My watercolor from another visit is waiting for me to finish. Our location next to the river was "downstream" from where I painted before. At first I didn't think the views were as plentiful as the other spot. But then I noticed a stunning view of the Griffith Observatory, far away on a hill in Griffith Park. The day had sun glancing through clouds and when I spotted the Observatory the light was shining brightly on it. Wow, no reason to look any further for my subject.
One if my very early plein air paint-outs (just last year!) was at the Griffith Observatory which I blogged about in Space! What an exciting day that was. Last Friday at the LA River it was just the opposite...very relaxing painting next to the river with friends. Well, there IS a busy freeway just across the river. I decided to do a small gouache piece thinking I'd like to use it for all the details in the scene like plants and trees by the river, structures on the hillsides, and the freeway. I had fun painting this piece and I was happy to be able to include the Observatory.
|5 x 7" gouache|
|Gateway to our river painting location|