I'm still behind in posting plein air paintings! This watercolor is from our group's June paint-out at the historic Richardson House in Sierra Madre. In the 1890's John Richardson built a pioneer cabin at the foot of the Mt. Wilson Trail which was made in 1864. Next door is Lizzie's Trail Inn that by the 1920's was a very popular stop for food for hikers and customers of the Mt. Wilson pack station. Both buildings are now museums for Sierra Madre history and artifacts.
We had a beautiful morning for painting, and a large turnout of painters. I tried a watercolor of the Richardson House from the east side. I liked the porch area looking light with the darker values around it. When I was about finished, I decided to add a figure. The best, least busy spot seemed to be on the other side of the painting, and a fellow artist was conveniently standing there. I may have created two centers of interest but during our discussion, others thought it worked out okay. I'm always up for a "second reading" I guess!
|8 x 10" Watercolor|