St. Vincent's Court in downtown Los Angeles was our exciting location for the Saturday paint-out. It's located between Broadway and Hill on 7th Street. It began as Saint Vincent's College in the 1800's and is now a California Registered Historical Landmark. From my younger years, I remember it being an alley for deliveries for the Bullock's department store there. It is much more charming now with its many ethnic cafes. A great place for plein air painting with many interesting views.
One of the problems I've had with my plein air painting experience since starting a few months ago has been trying to leave out a lot of what I see. I've ruined several paintings with too many brushstrokes, putting in too many tree branches, etc. I've tried to learn from my unsuccessful attempts. So, there I was choosing a view to paint which included potted palms, tables, chairs, patterned umbrellas, shadows, fire escapes, windows, striped awnings, all on a patterned brick street. Maybe a recipe for disaster but I was inspired. I had fun chatting with the shoe shine man I was sitting next to. Here is my painting and a photo of my view. I'm also posting a photo from my painting spot looking in the opposite direction with even more going on. I thought about it. Maybe I'll try that view next time. These photos were taken in the morning when the cafes were setting up to open.