The Castle Green Hotel is one of the oldest historical landmarks still standing in Los Angeles County. Incredibly, by 1900 Pasadena, CA had 14 resort hotels and Castle Green (1887) is the last of the earlier resorts, and was one of the most popular. Today the elegant hotel is divided up into condos. Much of the original building connected to the old hotel is gone due to fire and earthquakes. The two stunning 7 story cylindrical towers are still there for us artists to paint. Happily, Central Park with lovely palms and roses is across the street so we can get a great view of the hotel.
It turned out that both of the plein air groups I go on paint-outs with were meeting at Castle Green in the same week! OK, I would find plenty to paint. The weather wasn't so cooperative. On Thursday as I drove to the park, it was sprinkling. The drizzle stopped but there wasn't any sun to paint that day. Then on Saturday it was even more drizzle-y and didn't really stop. My painting friends were going to stay and paint so I did as well. I found a tree to paint under and changed my view from the one I painted on Thursday. I like to let my first wash dry before continuing but it just wasn't going to happen that day. I was also trying some new watercolor paper which seemed kind of "soft" to me so that was a challenge too. I tried to continue with "dry brush" but I had to finish that piece at home. So, here are my two watercolors of the Castle Green and the two photos of my views. Always fun whatever the weather!