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.
I met the Weekend Warrior Painters at Stoney Point Park in Chatsworth, CA. It was very hot that morning but I preservered and found a spot to paint under an oak tree. Looking south I could see the tall sandstone rocks and a dusty trail.
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.
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.
I was pleasantly surprised that my entry in the BAA Spring Show won a ribbon for second place in the landscape division. The painting is “Brace Canyon – Yellow.” I originally was going to enter a painting of my cat, but the BAA just had a show called “Feathers and Whiskers” so I figured maybe they had seen enough cats. This painting to me was always a good example of when the palette knife works the best. I should do more…