Yes, Flying A an old gas station brand, now defunct. In 1966 Flying A products and gas stations were rebranded to Phillips 66. But this blog is about watercolors!
We plein air painters are lucky to have an old Flying A service station preserved along old Route 66 in Monrovia, California. The three old gas pumps are a reminder of activity many years ago. I've been at the gas station corner to paint with two groups this summer. As you see in my photo, there isn't any shade nearby. On my first paint-out there, I found a spot across the street under a tree to try a small gouache piece. I was happy to have a flag, and a yellow fire hydrant to move into the view. The next time our group was there it was starting off to be such a hot day that most painters were leaving about the time I arrived. I didn't want to paint alone and left too. I'll try a different view next time we're there. The owner operates a car repair business on the west side of the property. I'll give him a print of my painting.
|5 x 7" gouache|