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Downtown Burbank in January

Acrylic Cityscape on canvas painting of downtown Burbank by Oscar Will

Today I painted “en plein air” on San Fernando Boulevard in downtown Burbank. I like the colors and the lines of the city scene and don’t mind the passerby’s who think it’s novel to see a painter live. I used my old “painterly” technique on top of the complementary under-painting technique I was using.

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Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round

It was a warm winter day, painting with my daughter today at the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round in Burbank, California.

Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round Painting by Oscar Will

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Pacific Asian Museum Plein Air

Saturday I was painting in Pasadena with the Weekend Warrior Painters at the Pacific Asian Museum. I layered a few things to create an interesting composition, the building across the street, a parking pass box, and a few cars.

Acrylic painting by Oscar Will of Pacific Asian Museum in Pasadena

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Los Angeles State Historic Park

I did this painting this week en plein air of Los Angels State Historic Park near the Chinatown area of Los Angeles. The light of the day was waning into a yellow wash by the time I was applying the main colors, so I went with it.

The short story of this park is that this stretch of land by railroad tracks was going to be made into a row of warehouses but the community rallied together to show its best use was for a modern park. There are great stretches of green grass, many exhibits, and a lot of modern design with wood and stone.

This bridge curves and ends in a view of downtown Los Angeles.

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Venice, California Canals

It was nice to be near the beach and Plein air Painting again. I joined the Weekend Warrior Painters in Venice, California in the Venice Canals. The walkways were narrow and there were a lot of tourists taking pictures on the bridges. A few took pictures of me painting!

Acrylic painting by Oscar Will of Venice California Canals
I excluded all the tourists from my painting.

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St. Leon Armenian Church Finished Painting

I made a lot of finishing touches on my painting from the weekend. I tidied up the right side, added a wash to the left side, and finished the glass blocks towards the bottom. A big change was the alcove with the cross over it in the center. In the original, I didn’t have enough room for the cross, so I repainted the whole section. I thought halfway through that I ruined it, but it came out fine, I think.

St. Leon Armenian Church acrylic painting by Oscar Will
St. Leon Church in Burbank, California, in the Cloisonnist style I’m practicing.

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St. Leon Armenian Church

Evening Plein air painting with the Weekend Warrior Painters at St. Leon Armenian Church in Burbank, CA. Thank you to the pastor for letting our group paint until 8PM. I am still working on my Cloisonnism painting technique, I have some final details to do but as it is here it’s mostly finished. I will post the final painting.

St. Leon Church painting by Oscar Will
Just before the sun set on a very hot summer day.

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Futile Ladders and Cloisonnism

I went to the Glendale Narros Riverwalk with Isabella to find a site to paint. The LA River has trees, herons, blackbirds, pidgeons, and other wildlife. I was looking for something to paint that had great contrast because I wanted to try a new (to me) painting style, Cloisonnism. Cloisonnism is characterised by solid areas of color separated by dark lines. Gauguin’s painting of “Yellow Jesus” is considered a representative painting. The most striking sight was not of nature, but was seen when we passed under the freeway. There was a few feet of light illuminating two ladders, both inadequate to climb the wall they leaned against. Isabella took a picture and I used it as reference for this painting.

Acrylic Painting of ladders under an overpass by Oscar Will
Reference photo taken by Isabella Will.

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Plein Air Vista Hermosa Natural Park

Today I painted with the Weekend Warrior Painters at their 100th Painting Session at Vista Hermosa Natural Park in Los Angeles. The park is hidden north of downtown Los Angeles with great views of the city. It was overcast today but warm.

Painting of Vista Hermosa Natural Park in Los Angeles by Oscar Will

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Passerby Catches Me Painting En Plein Air

I found a picture of me on Google by user viixiivartcollective painting the 5th Street farmers market for the Los Angeles Plein Air Festival April 15th. Thanks! I didn’t get any good “in action” photos from the market.