It's been so much fun and very enlightening to find out about new-to-me areas just a few miles from home. Thanks to the plein air group's paint-outs, I'm seeing so many lovely locations that I didn't know about before. Last Thursday we met at Monrovia Canyon Park. Wow. Another wooded area just 10 minutes from the freeway and just up a street from downtown Monrovia, CA. At an elevation of 1,300 feet, there is even a spring-fed 30 foot waterfall. A real get-away.
It was another drizzle-y day for our paint-out. At least the rain held off but we had some sprinkles up in the mountain area. I chose a view to paint from the covered porch of the Nature Center, thinking I might need to get out of some possible rain. I had a nice view of the distant roof-tops of the city below which I wish was a just little closer. I love atmospheric perspective and it's a great opportunity to paint with some neutral colors. A flock of birds flew by in the middle distance at one point so I wanted to include them. Since the air was so damp, I was happy to see I was near a restroom equipped with a blow dryer for hands, which was useful for drying a first watercolor wash! Here is my watercolor and a photo of my view. I also got a neat shot of my friend Phyllis as she drew the view, and finally a rustic park bulletin board.