No matter what time of year, Arlington Garden in Pasadena is a lovely place to visit and paint. One of the plein air groups met there a few weeks ago on a beautiful day. It's still "summer" in January here and we need rain. The last time I painted there was in early October and posted the two paintings from that day in Fall at Arlington Garden. I've painted at the Garden quite a few other times, links under "Arlington Garden" in my Label section on the right.
There are many beautiful "garden rooms" with views, tables and chairs, umbrellas, dry fountains planted with cascading succulents, garden art, orange trees, a dry river with a small bridge, the desert garden, charming amphitheater, labyrinth, and much more. The irises were starting to bloom and the sun in that area wasn't too hot for painters but a view in the Mediterranean Allee, olive tree area caught my eye. It's where I painted in October but it seemed very different in January. The pomegranate trees were now leafless and the light had changed as the sun's path changed with the season. For the watercolor I painted in the fall, I added a figure sitting at a table. This time I painted a table but tried adding a figure walking away, down a slope to the east. I'm looking forward to painting at the Garden again in the spring!
|8 x 10" watercolor|