Friday, April 20, 2018

Red Poppy Season!

The paint-out group met at Arlington Garden in Pasadena last Saturday.  We like to visit the wonderful garden to paint the red poppies.  Of course there are also the bright orange California poppies there too.  I see I posted a painting from last April, Arlington in April.  One spring a few years ago, there were many more red poppies but gardening is always being done and flower beds change.  We were still able to find some red poppies which we are always happy to see here in Southern California.

7" x 5" Watercolor




Another great view from where I was sitting.


   

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Plein Air Festival 2018

Last week was the 2018 Los Angeles Plein Air Festival.  I've enjoyed participating in the past two events, Plein Air Festival 2016 being the previous festival.  I painted last time at the 1924 Spring Arcade building at the Broadway entrance in downtown L.A.  It was fun to return to the same location to try another street scene this year.  The eye catching, red Los Angeles Theater sign is such a terrific downtown landmark.  I wanted to include it in my view.  It was nice to see that the Spring Arcade is looking busier with more restaurants, and very festive with cheerful white lights criss-crossing the main walkway.  Although participating artists can paint anywhere in the city I would be happy to try this downtown view again next year.

8" x 10" Watercolor, looking south on Broadway




Looking north on Broadway



Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Near the Bridge

I'm very late getting started on April blog posts.  This post was sort of another experiment.  I was studying a favorite artist's watercolors and for at least one piece, he started with abstract watercolor washes and shapes.  So when the paint-out group met at the Oaklawn Bridge I started out with an abstract first stage.  The home on the hill that I could barely see through the foliage would be okay if it was a little abstract.  It was a chilly morning, and fun to see the Metro Rail trains going by.  My previous piece at the Oaklawn Bridge was Greene Brothers' Only Bridge.

5" x 7" Watercolor



View from the bridge


Looking south from the bridge