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In Memory of the Los Angeles Plein Air Festival

Acrylic Cityscape Impressionism Painting by Oscar Will of a farmer's market in Downtown Los Angeles 2018

I was thumbing through paintings and came across on of the two paintings I did at the 2018 Los Angeles Plein Air Festival. The colors were there but the shapes were blurry, so I added some black contours and I like the result. I then looked for news on this year’s festival only to learn it’s been cancelled! What a bummer, I always had a great time.

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Cliff-side Park Plein Air

Sunday morning my daughter and I headed west in search of a new place to paint. I exited the freeway at Tampa on a hunch and noticed a park on the map, called Wilbur Tampa Park. Instead of finding green grass and picnic benches, a tall cliff greeted us with a wooden-fenced trail around its belly. I drove around to where the top of the cliff was level with the road and parked. The view of the valley took a while to take in: tract houses below, the valley with a thin layer of morning haze still on it, the mountains to the south and west, the gaping blue sky with streaked with clouds and contrails. I could have at least made three paintings there that day but had to settle on one.

 

Plein Air Landscape Painting "Wilbur Tampa Park" by Oscar Will Willtopaint.com
12×12 inch canvas painting.
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Plein Air Painting of Amir’s Garden in Griffith Park

I’ve heard of Amir’s Garden in Griffith Park, California, but never visited it until today. Looking for a place to paint, I parked near a hill near the golf course. I followed some hikers up a steep path to the top of the tall hill covered in trees and foliage. There were spider plants, aloe plants, jade plants and more carpeting the pathways. Trees such as oak and mulberry provided a lot of shade. I painted en plein air one of the pathways through the trees with gnarly roots growing across it.

Painting of Amir's Garden in Griffith Park California by Oscar Will willtopaint.com
12×12 inch acrylic painting on canvas.

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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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Early Winter Trees

I painted this en Plein Air using the backyard as reference. It was late morning and the winter sun cast long shadows of the trees. The oranges are not ripe yet, the fruit large but yellow. This style of painting suits me, I must go forward from here and not backwards.

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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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Olive Recreation Center New Version

This is now much lighter than the original version. I still see a part that is the wrong color but this is close enough for now.

Acrylic Painting by Oscar Will of Olive Recreation Center in Burbank

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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

updated version of acrylic impressionism abstract painting of Venice Canals Los Angeles by Oscar Will Willtopaint.com

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!

I updated this post with the final version.

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Descanso Gardens Plein Air Painting

Last weekend I painted with the Weekend Warriors in Descanso Gardens in La Canada Flintridge, CA. Did the heat scare everyone away or were we spread out all over? I only saw a few others painting. I was very ambitious because I took a 16″ x 20″ canvas to paint on and I’d never painted that large since using Cloisonnist techniques. I think it turned out good.

Descanso Gardens painted by Oscar Will
Descanso Gardens by Oscar Will