I’m working on a series of pictures of this spot. It’s a hike from anywhere you can park. They’ve recently installed a 3 way stop here, which has had the weird effect of making the spot seem much busier than when it was just a stretch of 50 MPH road. It alternately smells like exhaust and like growing things.
When I painted this one, the wildflowers were in full bloom. I went back today to do another piece as the landscape dries out and becomes the brown, gold, and tan of California summer. Both those plein air paintings are preparatory studies for larger pieces.
In Mission Hills. This is my friend’s beautiful house. She asked me to paint a picture of it, and the first time I went I got interested in the alley behind. This is my second effort. for sale
And here is the first effort:
Neither one of these is quite right for what she has in mind, which is basically a house portrait. But I quite often find that commissions spark other ideas- some ideas that go off the rails completely and some ideas that turn out great.
Another open air painting in Balboa Park- the Alcazar Garden. I really like this spot to paint- I guess it’s probably described as a formal Italian-style garden but with a mix of Moorish elements added as well. Nice place.
This is an older painting, and I’ve always been fond of it. It’s of the flowering pears (maybe cherries) in Balboa Park.
I hope to do more paintings of the pears this year when they come into flower, which should be soon. I’m also very excited to have more mobility soon… may be buying a new truck! Well, used but new to me. I look forward to doing more paintings outside the neighborhood.
The Alcazar Garden is one of my favorite, quiet spots in Balboa Park. It’s a formal garden with clipped hedges in patterns around flowerbeds, overhung with palm trees and surrounded by archways. This is my second painting from the OPA paint out a couple of Saturdays ago.