Saturday, April 9, 2011

Old Mill, Now and Then

I painted this afternoon at El Molino Viejo. It was a beautiful day, with the sun ducking in and out of clouds and spring well underway. The painting looks very similar to the one I painted last summer. I chose to paint the same view since I knew it worked. I think I might like the new one even better. It has more color variations and the appearance of depth. I'm very fond of the simple trees in the background. However, my thoughts were on an entirely different picture of El Molino Viejo. This one:

I remembered seeing this photograph on the internet, and I got a huge kick out of it, because there is this woman well over 100 years ago, doing just exactly what I do. I'm betting she didn't go home and blog about it though. In my quest to find the picture again, I also happened to learn who is pictured. The seated woman is Elizabeth Putnam, a Los Angeles painter and art teacher. Looking over her shoulder is Gutzon Borglum, whom Elizabeth married. He was 20 years younger, and she left him in Europe. His best known work, by a long shot, is Mount Rushmore.


  1. A nice atmosphere, and an interesting story.I now know , thanks to you,that Gutzon Borglum is the sculptor of Mount Rushmore.

  2. I have been following along for a couple of months now. I just wanted to write in and say that I was enjoying your posts. I like the shots of your watercolors but I also like the "backstory" posts! Thanks again:)

  3. Amazing!

    a nice break from songkram festival in Bangkok

  4. Love this post, and the information about the people in the photograph!!!