I will admit that I like yellow a lot. Maybe too much. I decided to re-do an earlier painting I called “City Park” but instead add yellow to all the colors just for fun.
Eaton Canyon is a park at the base of the Angeles National forest and Mount Wilson. Its creek was full of water from the recent rains, which apparently weren’t over because it rained enough on me to smear my under-painting. When the rain-cloud passed I was able to salvage it by using my painting style from last year.
Yesterday I did a quick plein air painting at Brace Canyon Park. It was after 3:00 PM and the sun was making its way down the sky through some haze. It washed everything in a pale yellow light.
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.
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.
It was a warm winter day, painting with my daughter today at the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round in Burbank, California.
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.
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.
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.
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.