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...