We had a beautiful day for a paint-out at the San Gabriel Mission (1771). My second plein air paint-out was at the Mission in March 2012. The watercolor I painted that day is posted here in Painting in San Gabriel. Many in the group that day painted inside the walled garden area and I tried a painting of the grape arbor. When the sun came out it was confusing with too many shadow patterns! I learned my lesson. So when another plein air group met at the gardens recently I had to choose a different view.
The gardens are ancient and peaceful, between classes of school kids on field trips. There are many courtyards and shaded patios which used to be the center of the active mission community. Just the top of the Mission campanario (bell wall) with its six bells is visible from the garden, which I thought of trying. I settled on a garden within the gardens, the Peace Garden which features a hand made tile piece of Our Lady of Guadalupe. There were also pretty vases with flowers, making a busy scene which I thought would be best to try with gouache. Another fun paint-out!
|7" x 5" Gouache|