Saturday, July 7, 2012

Plein Air in Glendale

The plein air paint-out group that goes out on Thursdays has been to Glendale, CA for two weeks.  We painted at Forest Lawn Memorial Park on the top of the hill.  There were wonderful, hazy views all around.  I wanted to try some of the view and also a little bit of architecture.  There was a big beautiful church and also a small stone church.  Hard to squeeze it all in and edit the view.  

The following week we met at the Brand Art and Music Library, constructed in 1904, a beautiful and unusual building.  There was also a tea house and koi pond past the parking lot where most of my paint-out friends were.  I wanted to try the architecture.  Being out of the sun is a consideration.  I know I need to get an umbrella for plein air painting.  Summer is here.

I painted both of these on a 9x12" watercolor block including a narrow border.

A photo of the library when I arrived to paint.  It was a beautiful morning.

A fun shot of most of the plein air group that day.  We have fewer painters during the summer.


  1. Great greens and looseness in the first and wonderful light in the second, wish I had the confidence to more plein air painting!

    1. I'm really liking it Sharon, something I've wanted to do for a long time. Has some challenges though, like choosing the proper view, which I'm learning.