I 'm surprised to see that it was almost exactly seven years ago when I painted for the first time at the 1816 Old Mill in San Marino, The Old Mill. It's such a charming and relaxing, and historic of course, place to paint. Last Saturday was such a pretty, perfect day to paint there...seven years later. I'm also including a piece I painted a year ago and had not posted yet. Looking forward to next time as always.
Two recent paint-outs have been to locations featuring their architecture. A few weeks ago we painted at Eliot Middle School in Altadena. The architects, Marston and Maybury are well known for their many structures in the Pasadena area. I tried a gouache piece of the school, built in 1931. It's now called the Eliot Arts Magnet Academy and features a colorful mural on one wall.
There was an auction to benefit the school so we plein air painters donated our pieces. The organizer sent a photo of the pieces set up for the auction., so I'll include that here.
A few weeks earlier we were at a new park which is directly under the famous 1912 Colorado Street Bridge. I must admit painting the bridge is intimidating at 150 feet high with its curves and arches. But, there I was right under the bridge so I painted a small watercolor. A spectacular location!
I've been enjoying doing some sketches at some of our Saturday paint-outs. I use a variety of pens to draw the scene. Then I like to add some watercolor. I've never been good at keeping a sketchbook so I'm happy to work some sketching into my artwork.