Thursday, June 11, 2015

Another Hillside

In my previous post, we were painting Near the Rose Bowl.  Just a few feet away is the Arroyo Seco Flood Control Channel.  It seems like I've been painting near flood control channels frequently since going out with the L.A. River paint-out group and, as always, our adventurous Saturday plein air group.  So on a recent Saturday, about two miles south of the Rose Bowl Stadium, the group met next to the channel because we've found the pretty Matilija poppies there.  The poppies were blooming out in the sun where they like to grow.  Unfortunately, I don't like to paint in the direct sun.  There was one, lone tree next to the channel which we all painted under.  And we chose other views to paint rather than the poppies.  I chose the hillside opposite the tree.  Dog walkers were a constant sight and it was fun to add some.  There wasn't a drain in the channel walls at that point so I had to find another drain that I felt my painting needed.  The one I found had a sweet little cat napping under it.  I hoped she has a better home than the channel.

10" x 8" Watercolor



The Matilija Poppies

The view south - the channel and La Loma Road bridge 

  

14 comments:

  1. You've painted a much better picture than was actually in front of you. Clever artist!

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  2. Yes, you made the scenery look so much better. Great job!

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  3. Fresh handling of watercolor for this subject, Sherry, nice piece. How do you decide if it will be WC or gouache for a painting? And I would love a post on your gouache kit sometime.

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    1. Thanks Jody! Good question, I'm usually deciding up till the last minute on watercolor or gouache. Sometimes it's a shorter painting time so I choose gouache since I paint those smaller, or the scene if it might lend itself to gouache, or a complicated structure I couldn't correct in watercolor...hmmm...

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  4. Lovely, figures really add interest!

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  5. the greenery is great, as always. But I really like how you handled the cement and the drainage pipe. Well done.

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    1. Thanks Terry, had to add the drain pipe.

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  6. I really like the way you handled the tree on the left. It has that 40's feel to it. Curious about the cat - I didn't see it

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    1. Thanks Liz! As noted, the drain and cat were at another location, farther north.

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