Urban Sketches & Plein Air Paintings
Here’s a quick look into my journey into outdoor painting and sketching and my development as an artist, in general. Click on any one for a larger view and to launch the carousel.
My first attempt at painting outside. It was really cold, and I had a family dinner to attend that night.
This is the first time I went out with a Paint Out group. I think it was with the Valley Watercolor Society.
That strange building in the background camera right is a high school, if you can believe that! This sketch was with my favorite Meetup Group: Freehand Drawing in Pasadena and Los Angeles.
I found those little life guard houses so hard to paint. I had forgotten all about that until I tried them again years later at Hermosa Beach.
This is the view from a cliff-top at the Headlands Center for the Arts, where I have been an artist-in-residence in the past, but this painting was from a recent visit.
Another sketch out with the Freehand Drawing in Pasadena and Los Angeles Meetup Group, my favorite people to sketch with. Fern Dell in Griffith Park, Los Angeles, was designed in the early 1900s as a healthful “nature” getaway for urban Los Angelites.
This was painted at Wunderlich County Park in Woodside, CA. It’s the home of the historic Folger Riding Stable (of coffee fame!), and at the time there was a public riding program which has sadly closed now. This is Dakota. I pretended his stall wasn’t there.
This was at the Audubon Center in nDebs Park in Los Angeles, with the Freehand Drawing in Pasadena and Los Angeles group.
Another relaxing afternoon at the Getty with my drawing group.
We had a huge fire just outside of town that they called the Sand Fire. For one day, this is what it looked like in front of my house.
For July 4th this year, I went by myself to Descanso Gardens for the first time. This heron stood there for more than two hours while I sketched!
My sister and I go to the LACMA regularly, and no visit would be complete without a meal and drinks at the Stark Bar. This time I pulled out my sketchbook.
This was my second visit to Descanso, this time with the Freehand Drawing group, and it was my first attempt at gouache.
My third visit to Descanso. I’m not sure why I didn’t follow my thumbnail studies, because I had a much better arrangement of foreground branches there!
I had quite the quest to get back to this location to paint it, and there’s a whole blog post about it. I was quite taken with this (to me) mysterious building.