Tuesday, June 30, 2020

February at Lacy Park

It was such a pretty day at San Marino's Lacy Park in February.  It was also the last paint-out with our Friday group before we went "on hold".  I was very surprised to see two people I knew that day, one neighbor and the other a business owner.  They were both out walking the park's loops.  Lacy Park's center used to be a lake that I mentioned in my 2012 post The Lake That Became A Park.  So naturally there are two walking loops surrounding the park's center grass area.  It was fun to see two friends who weren't there to paint as I was.  

8" x 10" Watercolor

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

June Jacarandas

We are lucky in Southern California to have Jacaranda trees blooming in May and June.  Their beautiful purple-violet flowers are stunning when they cover the trees.  There are several nearby streets planted with the trees for blocks.  The flowers fall leaving a purple carpet on the streets.  They are very fragrant as well.  But parking under a tree results in many stubbornly sticky flowers on the car.  Still, painters look forward to Jacaranda season and plan paint-outs to see them.  This was my watercolor from 2019 Spring Flowers! painted on location.  This year's watercolor was painted from a photo I took at Marengo Elementary in South Pasadena.

Watercolor 5" x 7"

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Safer At Home Art

May 2020,  The weekly plein air paint-outs I love are on hold now of course.  We're painting at home or maybe from our cars.  There are some wonderful online opportunities to be creative that I've really appreciated having for inspiration.  I've done a few watercolors from my backyard, and some front yard flowers as well.  It's been nice to have the aloes and irises blooming.  I've really missed seeing my paint-out friends and the annual wild flowers blooming this spring.  Hopefully more paint-outs will be happening.

7" x 5" Watercolor

4" x 6" Postcard

4" x 6" Postcard

Friday, April 10, 2020

Last Summer~

Remembering two visits to one of my favorite gardens last summer.  It's always fun for me to visit Arlington Garden with a paint-out group.  Although the garden is relatively small, there are always so many views to paint.  There are flowers to paint close-up or more distant views.  I always seem to choose the more distant views.  Trying a more close-up floral is something I want to paint.  A branch of spring flowers would be perfect.

8" x 10" Watercolor

7" x 5" Watercolor

These wild parrots entertained us while we painted.

Amaryllis belladonna

The Wishing Trees

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

March 2020

As we all know, the world has changed.  Painting has always been so relaxing.  Meeting friends at our paint-out locations has always been fun.  Of course the paint-outs have been cancelled.  At least we have the technology now to be able to stay connected.  Friends have been painting from photos and our own yards and gardens.  So,  I've gone out in my backyard twice to paint my blooming aloes in watercolor and also in gouache.  I'm sure I will be painting more from my own backyard.

7" x 5" Watercolor

7" x 5" Gouache

Thursday, March 19, 2020

A View!

A recent Saturday paint-out was at the South Pasadena Nature Park.  It's been a few years since we were there and it was just in its early stages of development.   I was happy to see some work has been done.  I was also happy that the day was a little overcast since there wasn't much shade near subjects that I wanted to paint.  There were several different plants with yellow flowers but they like sun, and there was no shade near them.  The view of the homes on the hill across the arroyo and freeway was the main view, and I found some shade from a large bush.  Fun to try.

7" x 5" Watercolor

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

The New Fountain

Arlington Garden is one of my favorite places to paint.  As a bonus, it's just a few miles from home.  There is always something blooming or perfect to paint there too.  So the 15 year old garden's addition of new fountain was a special event.  The custom Batchelder tile fountain was dedicated to the garden's founders.  It was fun to paint it since it isn't the usual style fountain, very unusual.  I'm also including my watercolor from my most recent visit to the garden.  There is always a nice view to find for a painting.

5" x 7" Watercolor

5" x 7" Watercolor


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Winter Light

There was a big, well-attended flea market and paint-out at the Old Mill recently.  It was put on by the California Art Club so the flea market had an emphasis on art related items.  It was very busy and fun to see some old friends there.  Some of my Saturday paint-out friends were sketching in the quiet Pomegranate Patio area. so I joined them there.  I really loved the winter light streaming through the bare pomegranate trees.  Years ago I painted from the same spot in the fall, Fall At The Old Mill, when the trees weren't quite as bare.  I tried some pen first and then added watercolor.  A fun day!

7" x 5" Pen and Watercolor

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Hillside Sketch

I've enjoyed trying more pen sketching at some paint-outs.  The Southwest Museum was a recent location which I always enjoy.  There are vast views from both sides of the hilltop parking lot.  On my previous visit I painted a watercolor, Two Hillsides.  On this recent visit, I tried the west side view of homes on the opposite hillside.  It was another pretty day there, and many more views to paint.

7" x 5" Pen and Watercolor

Friday, February 7, 2020

The Club House

We were at the casting pond in the Lower Arroyo area in Pasadena for a recent paint-out.  I've painted the casting pond several times.  On my first visit six years ago, the Pasadena Casting Club club house was open so I got view inside, The Casting Pond.  For this recent paint-out the group was together in one area so I decided to paint there as well.  I had a view of the east side of the club house and some old Sycamore trees.  The view of the hillside next to the casting pond was also tempting since it had such nice light in the morning.  I might try that view next time.

8" x 10" Watercolor

Friday, January 31, 2020

Patio Plants

Last week one of the paint-out groups visited the Debs Park Audubon Center.  The Center is on a hillside in Los Angeles with a nice view across the Pasadena Freeway of the hillside Southwest Museum.  It was over two years ago when I painted a gouache piece in the Center's courtyard area, Cattails!  There is a another pond which also has cattails but I guess January isn't the season for them.  I had painting some plants in mind so the assorted potted succulents caught my eye.  It was a beautiful day for a paint-out.

7" x 5" Watercolor