Until recently, this area was a parking lot, but now it’s a wide empty plaza, free of cars and perfect for painting.
The graceful Alcazar Garden outside the Mingei Museum in Balboa Park, San Diego.
A couple of weeks ago we joined members of the Oil Painters of America to paint in Balboa Park. I chose the Alcazar Garden, so I could paint the California Tower (part of the Museum of Man). Also I like standing in the shade.
We took pictures of some of the other painters, though they have disappeared from the camera! Mysterious.
Afternoon light. Oil painting of the tower and dome of the Museum of Man in San Diego’s Balboa Park. This is the second version of this painting- the first, plein air version, painted from the Cabrillo Bridge, I did in oil pastel.
I rarely work in oil pastel- I usually prefer chalk pastels because they layer so nicely, and it’s easy to correct mistakes.