A few weeks ago, the Saturday plein air group met at the Richardson House in Sierra Madre. I painted a watercolor there about six months before and posted about that visit in Richardson House. This time our paint-out was on the verge of being rained out. The weather was threatening but since I was there I tried to find a view to paint.
The 1890's Richardson House stands at the foot of the Mount Wilson Trail. Now a museum, it's been restored and is maintained by the city. In 1913, a structure was moved next door which became Lizzie's Trail Inn. Lizzie's served fried chicken and ravioli to the hikers and packers of the popular trail until it closed in 1948. It's preserved and is also a museum today. We were lucky since it was Saturday it was open to the public. What a treat to see inside! Quite a time warp.
The weather was very damp which makes watercolor painting difficult. There were a couple porches to paint under but I didn't see an appealing view. I walked around the back and found the run-down buildings very interesting. But there was no sun to make great shadows, and it drizzled on and off. I chose a tree to paint under and went with what I saw from there. I tried a quick gouache piece of the hillside before it really started sprinkling and the tree wasn't good shelter any longer.
|5 x 7" Gouache|
|The east side of Lizzie's.|