Wow, it was exciting to me to have an opportunity to paint with the group at the landmark Sparkletts Bottling Plant in Eagle Rock. The exotic building is an eye-catcher, just a block off of the main street. It was built in 1929 and looks like a middle eastern oasis...with a huge glittering, blue Sparkletts sign.
The morning we were there in June was overcast, our "June Gloom". I hadn't visited the building before, although earlier in the week Huell Howser's visit was rerun on TV so I felt familiar with it. The main entrance has a beautiful tile mosaic over the door but it's behind several layers of gates and fences. I couldn't find a view I liked of the expansive front of the building from across the narrow street. I went around to the east side which had the ambiance of the location and a palm tree added a nice "desert" touch. Unfortunately I didn't leave much room on the sidewalk to add the father and son who walked by. And I missed some tension when a Sparkletts employee came out to tell the group we were not allowed to paint the building. She said photos were fine but not paintings. Our leader expertly handled the situation and we finished our paintings. That was a first!
|5" x 7" Gouache|
|Loved this yard and squirrel across the street.|