Thursday, April 27, 2017

Four Fences

The Friday paint-out group returned to Bailey Canyon Park in Sierra Madre a few weeks ago.  I've painted there several times, the last in August 2015, Park Pines.  The park has some of the gorgeous Matilija poppies but we were early for them to be blooming.  A few views caught my eye.  I settled on a house across the utility road, separated from the park by a variety of fences and gates.  It was lovely weather for painting and I could sit at a park picnic table under a pine tree.

5" x 7" Gouache


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pasadena Playhouse

It's been over three years since I painted at the Pasadena Playhouse.  I wasn't happy with my painting from 2013 of the 1925 Spanish Colonial Revival style Playhouse.  I was hoping to do a better piece this time.  I chose a view from across the street from a spot I hoped would remain in the shade until I finished my watercolor.  I really like the tall palm trees and banners surrounding the Playhouse courtyard entrance.  As always I was thinking of including a figure or two but the sidewalk seems to be busy enough now.  Happier with this version.

8" x 10" Watercolor

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Olympiad Saturday

When rain or showers are a possibility the Saturday paint-out group likes to paint at Cal Tech in Pasadena.  There are many covered walkways for shelter if it starts to drizzle.  There were showers predicted so Cal Tech it was.  It turned out that Saturday was also the Southern California State Science Olympiad Tournament, hosted at Cal Tech.  There were hundreds of middle and high school students participating.  The campus is usually very quiet on a Saturday to this was unusual for us.

No problem for our group though.  There are always wonderful views to paint at the campus and we could stay out of the way of the tournament.  Several of us painted near the raised lily pond where the lilies looked beautiful.  I chose a view away from the lilies towards a courtyard I've always liked.  The light on the patio beyond the dark trees caught my eye so I  tried a small watercolor.

5" x 7" Watercolor

So many students competing!

The lily on the right was just a bud two hours earlier.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

NW Corner

I've painted at Arlington Garden in Pasadena many times now, almost two dozen paint-outs.  But that's fine with artists since the garden changes so much with the seasons.  Of course in the spring many flowers are blooming and the paint-out groups visit often to see what we can capture in our paintings.  This post Winter Light was from when we were at the garden in January.  My next visit was in March and there were several views that caught my eye.  I haven't painted in the North West corner of the garden before so I chose that area since the African firestick plant, or pencil tree was especially colorful, surrounded by blue-ish succulents.  The small balcony, awning, and patio lights next door would be fun to include.  I have since visited again to paint and will post that piece soon.

10" x 8" Watercolor

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Virtual Paintout - Ghana!

Every month I enjoy participating in the Virtual Paintout, hosted by Bill Guffey.  Artists virtually look around the month's location using Google Street View to choose their view to paint.  Bill posts the submissions on his blog and on Facebook.

For March 2017, the location was Ghana.  To me it's always interesting to see places I haven't visited in person and Ghana was no exception.  Most of the areas I saw looked very colorful and busy but I did happen upon the National Zoological Garden which was shady and peaceful.  The only animals I virtually saw were a few peahens.  Looking forward to Bill's location for April!

5" x 7" Watercolor

Kumasi National Zoological Garden

5" x 7" Gouache

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Behind Lizzie's

In December 2015 we painted at Lizzie's Trail Inn in Sierra Madre.  It was drizzling on and off that day but I managed a quick gouache piece, Drizzle at Lizzie's.  We returned to Lizzie's a few weeks ago on a beautiful Saturday.

Lizzie's Trail Inn is behind the 1890's Richardson House which is at the foot of the Mt. Wilson Trail, made in 1894.  This is a very popular and busy neighborhood on a Saturday.  Lots of hikers.  Lots of cars.  I ended up choosing the same tree to paint under as I did on my previous paint-out there.  It's out of the way and I liked my view behind the rustic old buildings.  I tried another small gouache piece.  As the sun moved, the light on the white building kept changing and I was happy I was using the opaque gouache so I could change the shadows a little.

5" x 7" Gouache

The Richardson House with Lizzie's in back.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Fuller Trees

As I mentioned in my post last month in Fuller Last Year our paint-out group would be returning to Fuller Seminary soon.  It was a bright, pretty day the morning we met to paint there again.  I've always loved the spectacular old trees in this old neighborhood that is the campus now.  After the rain the darker trees looked even more dramatic, backlit by the morning light.

8" x 10" Watercolor


Monday, March 13, 2017

Echo Park Neighborhood

As I mentioned in my recent post Echo Park - Two Gouaches, the paint out group would be returning to Echo Park lake soon.  We did, and it was a beautiful day.  On a Saturday the park was very busy with picnickers, walkers, and dog walkers.  I sat on a grassy area near the boathouse and painted a small watercolor of the neighborhood to the north.  As it got closer to noon it looked like areas were being set up for parties.  Time for us to leave.  The lake lotuses will be in bloom in June and July so we'll be returning to the park again.

7" x 5" Watercolor

Notice the white egret on the right.

The boathouse was built in 1932.  

Side street north of the lake, also busy...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Virtual Paintout - Nashville!

The February 2017 Virtual Paintout was in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Virtual Paintout is in a different city or country each month, chosen by creator and host, Bill Guffey.  I really enjoy virtually looking around for a view to paint in the many places that I'll never be able to visit in person.

But this month was Nashville!  There have only been a few Virtual Paintouts in cities I've visited.  I haven't seen much of Nashville but in 1996 we drove from Southern California to the Olympics in Atlanta.  The highway mostly stayed on the outskirts of the city but we did stay that night in south Nashville.  I looked around the area on Google Street View.  There were some wonderful, rustic views.  That was something I enjoyed about this month's city, great landscapes and also nice city views.  Looking forward to next month's location.

5" x 7" Gouache

5" x 7" Watercolor

Friday, February 24, 2017

Echo Park - Two Gouaches

Our paint-out group will be at Echo Park in Los Angeles tomorrow.  But here is another gouache piece I had not posted on my blog since we painted there in July.  Time to catch up a little!  My previous blog post was a gouache piece from our plein air paint-out at the lake in 2015, Boathouse Umbrellas.  I'm also sharing another gouache piece from our Echo Park visit in 2013!  I was ambitious that day and painted a watercolor and also a gouache piece.  I ended up painting over some of the gouache and hadn't really finished it until now.  So here are two gouaches, finally completed.  I'm wondering what will catch my eye at the lake tomorrow.

7" x 5" Gouache

Jimmy painting the 1932 boathouse.

7" x 5" Gouache

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fuller Last Year

Fuller Seminary in Pasadena is on our plein air paint-out schedule.  I realized I hadn't posted my gouache piece from our paint-out there a year ago.  It was a chilly, overcast day in February 2016 when I painted this piece.  The bare trees caught my eye.  On my previous visit it was a brighter day and I painted a sunny watercolor, Fuller Seminary.  I'm including a photo of my friend and fellow painter, Bill.  He had his back to the walkway but I had a nice view of the many people passing by and taking a phone photo of Bill at work on his oil.  We wondered if any were posted on Instagram.

7" x 5" Gouache

Bill painting at Fuller Seminary

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Park Neighbor

Last Saturday the paint-out group met at Singer Park in Pasadena.  I painted there once before and posted my gouache piece in Grant and Singer.  Unfortunately I arrived late and spent time chatting with fellow painters, as painting time went by.  I almost left since it was getting late.  But of course, I do like to try a painting when I've gone to a paint-out!  From a shaded picnic table there was a nice view of the pretty home next to the park.  Just enough time to paint a small watercolor which got too "busy" to add the "moon" park lamp.

5" x 7" Watercolor


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Virtual Paintout - Puerto Rico!

Each month I enjoy participating in the Virtual Paintout hosted by Bill Guffey.  Bill chooses the month's location from places covered by Google Street View vehicles.  Artists can virtually "walk" around the location to select their subject to draw or paint.  I always learn something when I virtually visit cities and countries that I'll never get to see in person.

For January 2017 the location was Puerto Rico.  It is an archipelago of islands, and an unincorporated territory of the United States.  I always run out of time looking around.  And I didn't realize until after I finished my two paintings and saw other artist's submissions that I forgot to look around Old Town San Juan.  Disappointing.  Of course I can still look around there with Street View.  Where will next month's location be?  

5" x 7" Gouache

5" x 7" Watercolor