Strolling and Exploring

Sketch for Sunday Sketches at Blue Chair Diary Blog. My son had put a pepper in a green bowl on the kitchen counter, and when I walked in, the colors were so beautiful together.  The photo I took is at the end of the post.


It rained last Sunday night. When I set out on a walk the next morning, fluffy clouds were still wafting across the blue sky, covering and uncovering the sun. I came to a small park.


Most people were already at work or school. I became aware of the silence as I walked. My destination was a large park. It has a trail specifically for walking, and a few people were already out for a stroll when I arrived. The large green grassy areas that are usually filled with picnicing families, were empty. There was a cool breeze to top off the serenity, along with an official welcome to the park.


Too cute.  This little guy and his friends were greeting everyone as they walked by.

Next to the park is a mini railroad track with real steam engines that adults and children can ride.  Each person sits on an individual little engine. Here’s the track through a fence, since it wasn’t open at the time.


Thursday I drove to another older section of LA called Echo Park.  This street was so steep, I was too afraid to drive down.  My iphone photo doesn’t really show how steep, but the top of the street in the background is what it looked like from where I was standing.  Like going over a waterfall.


Echo Park is one of the areas that has some of the old historical stairs.  I found one so I stopped and walked up, and down. 198 steps.  I need to go back with my stair walk guidebook to find more.


Photo as promised.


“You can judge how advanced a civilization is by the way it treats its animals.”  Mahatma Gandhi

I read an article recently about the dog meat trade in China and South Korea.  I’m hoping to find ways to bring awareness in hopes of bringing change.  Check into it if you are inclined, I welcome your thoughts.

Have a compassionate week.



13 thoughts on “Strolling and Exploring

  1. I really enjoyed your post Barbara – beautiful delicate sketch and i always love photos of LA and surrounding areas since I don’t get there much. I would love to walk through some of the older areas with historical homes.

  2. Well done and I like how you kept the shininess of the pepper in the watercolor.
    Thank you for your visit. I’m a little late following up on Mar 20 Sunday Sketches 🙂

  3. Hi Barbara,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, nice to meet you! I love your photos and your beautiful pepper painting. I went to UCLA, so I have an attachment to Los Angeles — Echo Park is a wonderful area to explore.

  4. Such a pretty watercolor sketch. Love how it turned out. Green and red always make an awesome color combination so I understand why this caught your eye.

  5. the sketch of the paper turned out awesome – such a beautiful contrast, i can understand it caught your eyes! i love trees and These old ones are beautiful, and the cute squirrel, such a delight it is so tame! well, steep streets would not be for me either…

  6. Barbara, you did a wonderful job with your painting. Great colors, too. And have to say that little squirrel is so cute! Our doggie would chase him down, though. 🙂

    (PS Please delete the last comment as I didn’t know my hubby was still signed in. haha)

  7. Barbara, you did a wonderful job with your painting. Great colors, too. And have to say that little squirrel is so cute! Our doggie would chase him down, though. 🙂

  8. Beautiful photos and I can see why you were inspired by the still life — it’s great to find inspiration in everyday color! Lovely! And thank you for your kind words on my art — let me know via email if you’re still interested. Happy Sunday Sketches!

  9. Lovely photos, Barbara and your watercolor painting is wonderful! My wife, Alexandra, told me I should come say hello and I’m glad I did. Lovely little blog home you have here. 🙂

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