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|
|Workers hand picking apple snails.|
|Many Mallard duckings.|