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White Snow, Green Trees

A mixed media piece I did a while back. Acrylic on canvas with stitching and leaf prints.

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I went for a drive a few days ago to an older part of LA called Mt. Washington.  Many of the streets spiral upward and provide special views.  Snow on our local mountains. The result of a thunderstorm the night before.

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The day was very beautiful after the cleansing rain.  Everywhere I looked was green.

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Being that it’s an older area, the trees and plants are lush and overgrown.  I love that.

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And of course the houses have so much character and charm.

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It is pouring right now (we’ve been waiting), although not expected to last too long. I thought I’d practice a small watercolor sketch. It’s from a photograph of a trip I took to the city of Stirling in Scotland. Home of Stirling castle, which houses the sword of William Wallace (Braveheart).

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Here is a watercolor I did a while back.  At the time, I enjoyed trying to paint the details of the chairs and tablecloth.

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Thank you for visiting.

 

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After the Rain

It was a beautiful day after long awaited rain in the Los Angeles area.  Crisp air, bright sun, blue sky.  A perfect day for another stair walk.  This one was actually in the neighborhood of a friend, so we went together.  It is the Glassell Park/Mt. Washington area beyond downtown. A lot of older and renovated houses and very charming.

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It had one large staircase with 102 steps.  The steps had also been renovated, and someone had painted very lovely scenes at various intervals along the way.

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Lots of pretty details on the houses we passed.

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After completing the stairs and a lot of walking on winding uphill streets, we came to a panoramic view stretching from Eagle Rock to Pasadena and beyond.

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A plant that caught my eye (through a fence, hence the white spot).

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A final picture from the painted steps.

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When it was time for me to head home I got into my blue Honda Fit and hit the freeway.  And although it was a gorgeous day to be outside, the freeway was generally free of traffic, lucky lucky me.

“Weather forecast for tonight: dark.”

George Carlin