Sunday, August 8, 2010

El Molino Viejo

I painted yesterday at Old Mill in San Marino. We call it by its Spanish name which helps distinguish it from the myriad other old mills across the land. This was the grist mill that ground the flour for the San Gabriel Mission a long time ago. For our purposes now it's just a lovely quiet place to sit and observe or read or converse. No charge. Plenty of shade. A little history. California Art Club gallery with lovely small pictures with big prices. Lizards galore. Short hours. Despite all the available shade, I ended up painting in the sun. I ran out of time and didn't finish the painting, but I actually liked it enough to finish it at home. I'm not displeased. I think my plein air paintings are looking more and more like I know what I'm doing. All illusion. The plaza where I stood was tiled, and the white grout between the tiles made a nice pattern. I had it in mind to scrape the paint to make the lines, but somehow my scraping resulted in darker lines. I'm trying to ignore them.


  1. Man this painting is so beautiful. The shadows really give it a nice feeling of peace and a place I would love to be.

  2. HI, are you.
    all your posts are loaded with beautiful light and shadows.
    happy to follow you.

  3. Very well done Barbara, there is a lot of sun and shade in this one that is brilliantly captured...I think when you feel confident of what you are doing, we feel automatically happy about the end result :-)

  4. I love the balance of the cool and warm colors in this - what a beautiful painting!

  5. Thank you all so much for your generous words.

  6. This is so nice, I really like it, great job on the shadows.

    Plein air would be something I want to try some day.