Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Stables

The Arroyo Seco Stables in South Pasadena (since 1906) is a pretty exciting place to visit or paint.  I was there twice recently and painted two watercolors.  One paint-out group was there a year ago and I posted that watercolor in The Truck.  That day a year ago, I wanted to return to paint and add some of the many chickens that run around the property.  If I was better at painting horses, they would be a good subject to add as well.  There's a challenge I'll save for next time.  I chose some dusty, old stalls for my views and added chickens.  While I was painting on the Arroyo trail side of the stables, two women rode up.  They were in crisp uniforms and looked very official.  I found out they were members of the Pasadena Police Volunteer Mounted Unit.  They patrol remote areas of Arroyo Seco Park and the Rose Bowl area.  Their horses are boarded at the stable where I was painting.  One lady was happy to pose for a quick photo.  Plein air painting is always interesting! 

8 x 10" Watercolor


8 x 10" Watercolor




12 comments:

  1. These are gorgeous, wonderful use of colors !

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  2. I do love these paintings and the story that goes with them

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  3. Your paintings are so much more lively and colorful and fun than the actual scene you are looking at. I love the LIFE you give your artwork.

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    1. Penny, thanks so much for visiting. Hope to meet in person some time.

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  4. Once again you've worked your magic, Sherry! I would have passed by both of these - remarkable!

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    1. Thank you Joani, not sure about these so much...

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  5. I remember well how much I loved your truck painting. What a treasure of a place to paint. Both of these are so wonderful, Sherry. I agree with Joani - and your colors are always so unifying. Horses? They're tough!

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    1. Thank You Terry! Maybe a horse in gouache so I have some room for changes...

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  6. Again better than the real thing Sherry. Tackling horses in the studio has been a challenge I have not won, could not imagine doing them en plein air

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    1. So right Lorraine! I could stick to chickens!

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