Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer in the Park

A few Saturdays ago the plein air group painted in Garfield Park in South Pasadena, California.  I've lived here in South Pasadena for many years so I was looking forward to painting in the city's main park.  It was a very busy day at the park with many dog walkers, groups, parties, and meetings, as well as a few painters.   I chose a shady spot under a tree with a view of a birthday party being set up.  The balloons caught my eye which I thought would work well in a gouache piece.  Lots of green in this one!  

Tomorrow is the Fourth of July and Garfield Park will be even busier.  South Pasadena prides itself on having a small town feel.  So every year on the Fourth of July the festivities start with a pancake breakfast at 7AM.  Then there is a parade with lots of local color which ends at Garfield Park with kids' activities and food.  At night we have a terrific fireworks show at the high school.  Spectacular!

5 x 7" gouache

Vintage postcard from my collection



  1. Really like this Sherry, and the balloons and figures are just fantastic!

  2. Happy celebrations Sherry. This is a great painting, your greens so vibrant but real looking, the balloons, placement of the reds and the telegraph pole/lines keeps me looking right around the scene. Love the vintage card too

  3. Brilliant, Sherry. Your balloons are the perfect touch, and they look luminescent to my eyes. So well done!

    1. Terry, I always love your generous comments!