Monday, December 31, 2018

Two 2018 Paintings

I thought I would post my watercolors from the paint-out locations from the last two Saturdays in 2018.  These were both done pretty quickly.  I was having trouble finding my subject in South Pasadena when I noticed a pretty tree with yellow leaves and some potted plants by the sidewalk.  I didn't have too much time to paint by then so it was done quickly.  And last Saturday we were at a park in Sierra Madre.  I was late arriving and it was cold.  The wonderful trees and bright green lawn looked fun to paint.  Unfortunately, it was pretty cold to be sitting for an hour or so to paint.  Another "quickie".  Hoping to improve my painting and of course paint more in 2019!

5" x 7" Watercolor

South Pasadena Museum just up the street

7" x 5" Watercolor

A community garden in one corner of the time!

Sunday, December 16, 2018


I was happy to paint at our local Arroyo Seco Stables again recently.  It's been awhile since my previous paint-out there, Another Fun Challenge.  There are many options for subjects to paint at this location.  Not sure why I ended up painting the backs of some horse trailers.  No possible problems like trash and ants this time.  The view had lots of exciting textures and colors so I gave it a try in gouache.  

5" x 7" Gouache

One of the resident stable cats

Monday, December 10, 2018

Pink Flowers!

After several fall, autumn posts, I should add a watercolor from my most recent visit to our local Arboretum.  I painted this piece in September after the paint-out group's planning meeting.  I think trees with large flowers are so unusual as well as appealing.  I was surprised to see this tree with big pink flowers in late summer when it seemed fall would be coming soon.  I think this tree is a Tabebuia impetiginosa.  It was fun to paint for sure.

7" x 5" Watercolor

Friday, December 7, 2018

Garden Ideas

I've been to our local Arboretum a few times since my last blog post painting from there, Trumpets and Fire Sticks.  On these visits I did a relatively quick painting following a paint-out group's planning meeting.  For this piece I visited one of the display gardens where there are ideas for our own back yards.  It's a lovely area and of course the resident peacocks were entertaining as always.

5" x 7" Watercolor

A greeting peacock in the parking lot