I painted this after a frustrating day at the hospital. Turned out to be whooping cough! Ugh. Painting always relaxes me when I’m stressed. I just drove into a neighborhood, parked, and walked until I found an enticing spot.
Found this one by accident one afternoon and it was still up under gray skies the next morning when I had some time to paint.
This is from last October. I was staying in an old farmhouse in Tuscany.
I rented an apartment on AirBNB in Rome with a partial view of Castel Sant’Angelo, an ancient structure later used as a fortress by the Popes. The view was very partial, you could really only see it by peering over the neighbor’s patio through some kind of spiky screen covered in plastic vines. To get around that for the painting, I stood on the rickety metal steps to the roof with my easel in a planter box, on top of the crusty remains of departed flowers. In gale force winds, but I didn’t blow off.
Painted on location in Balboa Park last spring.
Some houses in the neighborhood.
A palm tree in the neighborhood. 10 x 10 inches.
Even successfully gave directions to a woman tangled in the maze of dead end streets while painting this.
Painted on location in Hillcrest.