A recent group plein air paint-out was at the Church of Our Savior in San Gabriel. The church was completed in 1874 and the surrounding buildings and gardens are lovely. The owner of the Rancho San Pascual where the church was built was the grandfather of the famous WWII general George Patton. General Patton grew up attending the church. There is a life-size bronze statue of the army commander on the church grounds. Some artists chose the statue to paint.
It was a nice sunny day and there was a big turnout of painters. The church has a tall and dramatic bell tower. The changing shadows on it, the surrounding eucalyptus trees, as well as the leaded glass windows, looked complicated to paint that morning. I chose a small picturesque gate cottage to try. In my last photo of part of the group during the critique, you can see the church building in the background. Maybe I'll try painting it next time.