This is just another street Ivy and I walk on almost daily. The reason I sketched this was mostly because of the telephone poles and wires crossing the street creating a spider webbing across the sky. Now that I have downloaded the image into the blog I can't really see them.
The Huntington Library and Gardens is located in San Marino California. The property was purchased in 1903 and the grounds were designed and planted with acquired specimens (both mature and seedlings) from all over the world. Some of the trees appear to be around 100 years old. It isn't very often that I can see a tree that has not been 'trimmed' to fit in the location where someone has planted it. This beautiful oak is very special. The bamboo grove in the background has specimens that appear to be over 50 feet tall.
Fullerton Parks has given Muckenthaler a new picnic table, perfect for my painting after my walk with Ivy.
Painting is a freedom that I have given myself after years of doing for others. I have raised my family, worked to help support the house hold, given up time and experiences for the good of the others and now have decided to schedule time for me. I don't have a goal to be a great painter just to be the best I can be. I don't have a goal to be noticed as an artist, just to share what I have done if someone wants to see it. I want to make sure I have time in everyday to create with the skill that I have worked so hard to develop. Because I see and am able to produce a visual image that others can see then it seems that a consequence of creating art is to have it be seen, not necessarily a requirement to have it seen, just that it can be seen.
This blog has given me that opportunity. Then my fellow artists came to support me in my need to create. Now I find that I am taking time to help other people who have followed the same path of wanting to create and share their art.
Cathy Gatland over at A Sketch in Time http://asketchintime.blogspot.com/ did the most wonderful flip book and so I thought I would try it. I hope you like it. I do and that is what this is all about (the blog site, that is) to try new things and share what I have learned and created.
What do you think?
The morning started out cold and crispy then the fog rolled in and the leaves began to drip moisture watering the new growth of grass seed and wild radish. The new grass is a fresh chartreuse color, that new green of spring color. That's what happens here, first the days grow shorter, moisture from the coastal fog gives that needed moisture and then a few hot weeks and the plants give their last bloom of the season.
I have a new sketch book and have been taking it out every morning to sketch the trail. Ivy hasn't been feeling very well so we didn't go very far. The sun was coming up through the trees and will make a fun painting. For now it started out pencil, I inked it in today and hopefully will add color another day.
A new sketch book and a new day. Here is the Starbucks showing all the coffee flavorings. I always get the same thing. A small decaf coffee. sometimes with a glass of ice, sometimes with a little milk. I always think I am going to try all these flavorings but I don't. I just meet with friends once or twice a month and enjoy the morning with the exchange of ideas.