This is from the end of July. Not sure why I’m dragging on posting…Maybe it’s summer? These two palms have been part of my view for over 20 years. A lot of the surrounding area has changed, but these two continue to anchor the view.
This was done during the July 4th long weekend….a quick sketch made while the sun was close to setting–of the view I have been seeing for over 20 years–of course, ever changing. I did a watercolor first and then jumped into this. I did another one the following day, soon to be posted.
This is from the LA County fair, crayon and color pencil.
I am going to attempt the 30 in 30 Challenge for something like the 6th time…but this time I may not be able to pull it off….and I’ll have to accept that. Since the car accident that I was in on Halloween night, I have had to endure a series of horrifying operations on my teeth and lack thereof….So I will do the best I can…because it’s not over yet. There are a lot of great challenges of all sorts starting on Jan 1 or 2 and I am tempted by many of them. Maybe my New Years resolution should be to stop doing challenges, or at least focus on one…Okay, maybe next year.
This is the Plaza Hotel as seen from Central Park. I liked the monochromatic ground setting off the blazing tree.
And Happier New Year, 2017, please, for all of us!
This was an adventure. I would never have gone to the LA County Fair on my own, but given free parking and entry….well, still ambivalent, although I did have a lot of fun painting this, after I got over the fact that we’d arrived so late I would have to paint as fast as possible before sunset. I was happy that I managed to pull this off. It is hanging in the Millard Sheets Art Center until I pick it up on 9/27, if it doesn’t sell there. Went back during the day for the reception and it was just way too hot to be very enjoyable…so in the end, arriving late, which I’d been so upset about, was actually the right timing after all…the temperature was more bearable and the lighting was more interesting. And afterwards we headed to Big Bear for our first time ever. Painting from there coming up.
I have been painting this view off and on for 20 years. My paintings and the view have both changed quite a bit during that time. There was a big tree that used to block the view in summer and one day this year I looked out and it was gone! I was sad about it, but there was nothing I could really do. Just another loss I had no control over. I like when it’s gray…the muted colors are intriguing and challenging…harmonious.
PS: I changed this after I took the photo and there wasn’t enough light to re-shoot…so come back later if you want to see the new version, probably in the next 48 hours or less.
Finally raining in LA…and so I thought the light would at least stay consistent for a while but the sun started to come out as I was painting…so I had to figure out which way to go with it…it’s sort of betwixt and between rainy and sunny. The house started out as a peachy color but soon turned lavender. Oh well, maybe that works better anyway.
This was supposed to be a group paint out in DTLA. Facebook said 24 people attended. 67 were interested. 4 actually showed up…and I was one of them. Painting downtown is not for the faint of heart. The parking alone is an adventure, and not a pleasant one. So I liked the light hitting the trees…but it left pretty quickly, then made a brief reappearance. I’ve been on a little bit of a break but hope to come back strong in January.
This was the last day of painting before we had to turn in our stuff–3 painting max–and since I was going downtown anyway, I thought I’d get one more painting in. Not sure if it was worth it. It was 100 degrees or so. The slight breeze was whipping up a dance of filthy papers and plastic bags around me. I ran into one of the other participants and he told me about some virus or other going on downtown that had left one volunteer for the homeless without a leg. I joked that he was just trying to scare me out of the competition and we laughed…but then he left…and I was alone…and I’d somehow forgotten my paper towels. I called B in a panic and he told me maybe I had extra in the car…which it turned out I did…but I had to break everything down and then set it all up again…my feet felt swollen and bruised by the heat…the air was almost suffocating. I managed to paint this but decided to go with the first 3 which were already framed and ready to turn in. The next night I saw that my work was in a dark corner of a large poorly lit room…definitely not showing to best advantage…oh well…It was still a ton of fun.
The Must is a restaurant with a distinctive logo of a blue head with a hole and a wired bottle in it. There was a purchase prize for painting this…but I don’t think they’ve decided on it yet. Anyway, at first I didn’t think I would do it, but the lighting late afternoon was good, so I set up. I was chatting with another participant when a panhandler came over and asked for money. I declined, and s/he? said “huumph, you can afford an assistant but you can’t pay me?!” I tried to explain that he was not my assistant but s/he wasn’t having any of it…and kept muttering, cursing, kind of circling the area and glancing at me without love….so I asked the other participant if he would hang around until things dissipated, which they eventually did. Meanwhile, I hadn’t set the easel up properly so it almost collapsed and that would have meant turps and paint flying everywhere, but because we were on the alert, we were able to catch it in time. I’ll say it again: plein air, not for the faint of heart!