Saturday, September 30, 2017

Virtual Paintout - South Florida!

I really enjoy participating in the monthly Virtual Paintout where artists choose their view to paint by using Google Street View.   I've joined the Virtual Paintout every month for over 5 years!  The project started many months before I joined in and I see some past locations I would love to investigate.  

The location for September 2017 was South Florida.  A very timely location considering the state's devastation following Hurricane Irma this month.  The Street View vehicle  images I found were from 2013 to 2016.  Sometimes these images change years several times within a few blocks.  I like having this extra painting challenge as well as sight-seeing during the month.

5" x 7" Watercolor

Miami

5" x 7" Watercolor

Key Biscayne

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Water Tower


The Saturday paint-out group was back at the Pasadena Power Plant recently, a favorite location for me.  On my previous visit I painted State Street, a watercolor.  I didn't know what would appeal to try for a painting this time.  But a couple fellow painters were sitting in a tiny triangle of shade from a wall on the north side of State Street.  I like to paint with other painters and there was just enough room in the shade for me and my materials.   My view across the street was of the hillside we usually paint from so it was neat to try a new vantage point.  And the white water tower is such a wonderful feature.   Of course I originally made the sky behind the white tower too light.  Another, darker, blue wash really helped, and I always love utility poles.  Our bit of shade vanished pretty quickly so this piece went quickly as well.

8" x 10" Watercolor



Our bit of shade kept shrinking.


  

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Arlington Jacaranda

I'm behind posting this watercolor!  One of the paint-out groups visited Arlington Garden in May.  Artists love Arlington Garden since it looks different in every season.  In April I painted this small watercolor, Arlington in April.  I don't recall seeing the large Jacaranda tree there with such gorgeous purple flowers in other years...there were more and brighter flowers on the huge tree.  Maybe all the rain we had was what the tree needed.  I looked around for views to paint but kept coming back to the purple flowers.  I seemed to have the perfect paint colors to capture the flower color.  I was lucky to be there that day since the flowers don't last long.  

8" x 10" Watercolor





Such a tiny hummingbird!

Pete Morris leading the discussion of the paintings.


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Morning at the Lake

One of the paint-outs this week was at Peck Road Park.  My first visit was about four years ago, Peck Road Park, and I managed to paint two pieces...a watercolor and a gouache.  That was very ambitious when I was first trying out gouache.  I just try one painting at the locations now.  This park has a large lake and wonderful mountain views, not to mention many birds, fish, frogs, etc.  I wanted to paint near the other painters who were there so went with a view I could see from where they were which was close to the edge of the water.  I like to add some kind of structure to my paintings which I could do with some fencing on the hillside.  Unfortunately, there were tons of ants which I really don't like to deal with while painting.  At least they are small ants...

8" x 10" Watercolor



Sunday, September 3, 2017

Last Saturday

We didn't have a paint-out on the schedule for this Saturday.  Just was well since the weather here is very hot and humid.   But, last week the group painted at Eddie Park in South Pasadena.  Incredibly, it's been almost five years since we painted there.  That visit was in the fall since I see my painting includes some fall color, Eddie Park.  We noticed that several of the trees have been replaced by smaller, new trees.  We've had some serious windstorms.

I chose a view of the 1934 house from a shaded picnic table.  A family was setting up for a birthday party at the tables so I tried a quick watercolor of the side of the old home.  It's in need of some repairs soon and doesn't seem to be in use until that happens.  Hoping for some cooler weather!

5" x 7" Watercolor