Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Boathouse

One of the plein air paint-out groups met at Echo Park a few weeks ago.  The lake there was drained three years ago, and after a two year, $45 million restoration project, it's been reopened for a year now and looks beautiful.  That day the park was very busy with a Telemundo news crew set-up, and workers hand picking invasive apple snails that have appeared since the lake was refilled.  It's a concern that the snails will eat the park's signature lotus plants. 

I was last there in August and posted that day's watercolor in Echo Park.  Our recent paint-out started off very overcast and it never got more sunny.  I was looking for a view I could paint from the shade but as it turned out I didn't need the shade.  I chose a view of the picturesque old 1932 boathouse to paint in gouache because the drying time is faster than with transparent watercolor.  Good for a dreary day.  I really had fun with this piece and it seemed to come together well.  Maybe I'm finally getting more used to gouache.  I'm looking forward to my next paint-out there which is in a few days!    


5 x 7" Gouache

Built in 1932

Telemundo

Workers hand picking apple snails.

Many Mallard duckings.




    

10 comments:

  1. Nice photos Sherry but what a stunner of a painting you have created. Love your reds, well all the colours really

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  2. Sherry, I would say that you are not only getting used to gouache, you are very very good with it. I so enjoy seeing your creations, both in gouache and regular watercolor. This is a beautiful location.

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    1. Thanks Terry! It's really a wonderful location.

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  3. Sherry it was so nice to have you visit and comment. I love your blog - you are so talented. I was interested to read that you used to illustrate greeting cards. Illustration is a passion of mine and I've always loved the idea of selling greeting card illustrations.

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    1. Hi Wendy, thank you for visiting. Loved your blog!

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  4. Dear Sherry - wonderful painting of the Boathouse. Love the way you made the roof really standout and showed more color than the photo. Really eye - catching. Hope you are having a great week.

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    1. Thank you Debbie! It's hard to get the colors to look right on the computer.

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  5. I love the movement in this one, Sherry, and the bright colors - it just sparkles!

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    1. Thanks Joani. This one turned out pretty well!

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