It was a busy Saturday! I didn't want to miss the Saturday paint-out group's morning at Arlington Garden in Pasadena. Some varieties of the spring flowers there are fading already. Also taking place on Saturday was the ninth annual "Saturday in the Park with the Masters" event. The Mid-Valley Arts League puts on this lovely event with a dozen invited oil and watercolor master painters. It takes place in a gorgeous setting in Pasadena. Anyone can paint there if they want to, or they can walk around and watch some favorite artists paint in plein air.
I decided to do a small (5x7") gouache at Arlington Garden to try to capture the feeling of the red and orange poppies blooming. Then I'd go to the Masters event which was close-by. The umbrella in the view I chose at the garden was actually white with blue stripes, but I had to change it to red. I thought of adding a figure in the distance but the piece is small with enough going on. Next time I'll plan better. I've painted there a few times before, noted in this post Saturday Paint-Out.
The Masters event was a lot of fun. The grounds are beautiful with grand old structures, streams, waterfalls, and koi ponds. Nothing better than being able to watch artists I admire do a painting to see their choices first-hand. Looking forward to next year!
|5 x 7" gouache|
|Pete Morris in the foreground.|
|Brenda Swenson and Chuck Kovacic painting one of the models.|
|Tom Fong at a koi pond.|
|Frank Eber and Jose De Juan.|