Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Self Realization Fellowship

In July our Saturday paint-out group met at the Self Realization Fellowship Center at the top of Mt. Washington in Los Angeles.  The last time we were going to paint there, the gates were closed in preparation for a private event.  A few of us stayed in the lovely surrounding neighborhood and painted a craftsman home across the street.  I posted that gouache piece in Mount Washington.

The SRF Center was open for our recent visit and it was busy that day.  The Center's headquarters are in an elegant three story building which opened in 1909 as the Mount Washington Hotel.  The grounds are peaceful and beautiful, but there were many visitors of all kinds on the paths.  One feature I remembered from our paint-out there in 2012, was an enormous planter with bas-relief figures, planted with bright pink coleus.  It was still there so I had to try it.  I chose gouache since the day was overcast and it dries faster than transparent watercolor.  A beautiful spot.  


5 x 7" Gouache



The view of downtown Los Angeles from the center.


From inside the gates

6 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place to go and paint and lovely painting with great light. Interesting about gouache drying quicker than w/c, will remember that little gem.

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    1. Thanks Polly! Gouache is made with less water so it does dry faster if you don't add too much water. Still learning...

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  2. Wow, a difficult subject, Sherry, you did well.

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  3. Wow, Sherry, your painting just sparkles. You really captured the emotion it stirred in you.

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    1. I always appreciate your kind comments Terry.

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