Monday, April 12, 2021

Front Yard Fountain

 This watercolor was my version of our Saturday group leader's prompt to paint "motion".   I had cars in mind for my painting.  So I drove to a nearby freeway overpass to get a nice photo of moving cars.  But I was surprised to see this great bubbling fountain in a front yard where I parked.  My thought for "motion" changed from the "macro" cars to the "micro" water in the fountain.  I also got some landscaping ideas looking at this front yard.

5" x 7" Watercolor

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Altadena Pen Sketch

 I realized I didn't post this pen sketch from quite awhile back.  It was one of our last paint-outs before having to stay at home.  We met in Altadena to paint at a stable we've enjoyed on several previous visits.  In 2015 we met at the stable for the first time, Altadena Ranch.  It was always a relaxing paint-out day.   But on this Saturday, they had something planned so we weren't allowed to paint there.  No problem.  The properties around the stable have a lot of possible views to try.  I walked around a bit to see some of the horses visible from the main road.  I settled on trying another colorful pen sketch where I had a bit of shade to sit in.  It's been fun trying dry media like pens for a change.

5' x 7" Pens

Wednesday, March 31, 2021


 Another one of our painting at home projects was about collections.  It seems like so many people collect one thing or another.  Artist friends always seem to have their collections.  It was kind of a hard decision of which collection to choose.  I decided on a still life of some picturesque frogs from my bunch of flower frogs.  They were fun to try with pens and watercolor.

5" x 7" Pen and Watercolor

Sunday, March 28, 2021


 With our Stay-at-Home projects,  I've been able to work in a couple watercolors featuring bamboo.  It's so picturesque and there is some lining our driveway so it's handy for me to paint.  Since it's close to Easter, a recent prompt was to try a message or image "hidden" as an Easter egg would be.  Of course over the years there have been many hidden "Ester eggs" in artwork and movies.  My origami crane isn't too hidden in the bamboo but it was fun to try.  "Orizuru" is the Japanese word for a crane made by origami.

Several months ago our challenge was to try the concept of pattern.  I look at the pattern of the bamboo leaves and stalks every day so it was a natural choice for a watercolor.  It's such a busy scene and a pattern as well.

7" x 5" Watercolor

5" x 7" Watercolor

Friday, March 5, 2021

A Bird's Eye View

 I tried this piece in gouache for one of our Saturday group prompts to paint from a "bird's eye view".   A fun concept to try.  Driving over the Verdugo Wash in Glendale was about as high as I could get for my view.  My "bird" seems more like she's sitting on the bridge railing looking for a distant view to paint.  Of course I could have just looked down at something on the ground but this was a nice challenge with many options.     

7" x 5" Gouache

Saturday, February 20, 2021

A Sunset!

 In November 2020 we had some beautiful and unusual sunset views from South Pasadena.  Prompted by the sunsets, our Saturday Painting group leader suggested painting skies and/or clouds.  Fortunately, I had a couple sunset photos taken from our front yard.  Of course the sunset was in the west but the colors reflected on the clouds in the sky to the east.  The sunset colors seemed to be everywhere.  The tall palm trees lining our street made for an interesting view to paint, looking east.  I'm not a fan of painting sunsets but this one was really fun.

5" x 7" Watercolor

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Plum Blossoms

 It's still winter time but the flowering plum trees start to bloom from lifeless looking branches.  I was surprised and amazed to see so many white blossoms in a local parking lot recently.  Such a beautiful sign of spring.  It's not a surprise that the plum flowers are a symbol for Chinese New Year.  Appearing between the winter and spring seasons, of course they symbolize hope and courage.  My watercolor of the blossoms and buds was also perfect for our Saturday painting group prompt to paint something expressing "new and/or hopeful".  A start for being hopeful this year . 

5" x 7" Watercolor