Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

Elysian Park

We painted at Elysian Park just off of Stadium Way. This location has an amazing view of downtown and a full tree-scape of palm trees. I opted for the palm trees because I have a fear of straight edges. 

Driving Directions: 

If you are coming from the 5 freeway direction (north to south) you will want to take Stadium Way into Elysian Park and drive about one or two miles.At the first intersection, take a right and park there under the big trees. There should be a sign that reads "Grace E. Simons Lodge". Do not go to the lodge. Walk directly up the grassy hill to the top (approx. 100 yards).

If you are coming from Dodger Stadium (south to north) Follow Stadium Way about two or three miles to our destination. Stadium Way will pass through some giant palm trees on both sides of the street just past a street called Scott.Then to continue on stadium Way you must take a quick right at the stop sign, then another quick left at the second stop sign. This zig zag turn at the stop signs is only about about 20 yards long. Continue on Stadium Way (north) to the first intersection and take a left.There should be a sign that reads "Grace E. Simons Lodge" at the intersection on the left. Do not go to the lodge.

Park at that intersection just on the left (west) and take a short hike up the hill to the painting destination.

Vista Hermosa Park, Echo Park

We spent this chilly Saturday at Vista Hermosa Park, Echo Park painting. My fingers were frozen by the end of the session but it was worth it. I highly recommend this vista point, which has only been in existence for 4 years!

Vista Hermosa Park, just off of Glendale Blvd.  The address is: 100 N. Toluca St., Los Angeles, CA 90026 

Here is a webpage for the park:

Park in the lot and walk up the ramp to the grassy area to get a great view of Downtown LA.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

September is back to painting month!

It's been awhile since I last painted so I enrolled myself into a plein air (outdoor painting) class, at Barnsdall Art Center, to motivate myself.

Our first class was this Saturday at Barnsdall Park, in a secluded area wig full access to a view of the Hollywood sign and the Griffith observatory. It was one of the hottest days of this summer; my hands were so sweaty underneath my gloves that all 10 of my fibers turned into prunes! However, it was worth every minute being able to paint outdoors and complete a piece!

Title: Barnsdall Park
Medium: oil on canvas
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Photo print, Attempt #2 & #3

I'm currently working on photo prints and for some odd reason, a weird water blotch keep reappearing on my print. The first one is very dark and cold, while the second one has an eery feeling to it. Hopefully, the 4th plate will be successful. 

This print is from a photo of a drawing of my grandparents in their mid 20's. The drawing was created by a local artist from their hometown, who had an amazing talent to draw portraits from memory.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Laura Stickney, My Awesome Printmaking Teacher

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My AWESOME printmaking teacher, Laura Stickney, presents her illustrated epic poem about the inter-continental flight of aviator, Amelia Earhart, as well as etchings depicting early American quilts paired with historical women’s faces (see above) at the In Tandem exhibition, now until March 9, 2012 at the El Camino Art Gallery, located in Torrance, CA. 

In tandem with her partner, Vilma Mendillo, they combine efforts to produce elegant accordion-folded books by Stickney presented in beautifully crafted boxes designed and built by Mendillo.  

Movie Club: It Happened One Night

My friends and I decided to start a movie club so we can all get together every few weeks to watch a movie (preferably something none of us have seen), make some food, and enjoy one another's company. Because we're suckers for romantic comedies, we decided on It Happened One Night. It's an extremely beautiful film that captures the cultural and historical significance of the 1930s. I highly recommend it!