Sunday, July 29, 2012
The Mission Playhouse was built in 1927 by John Steven McGroarty for his Mission Play. The Playhouse was designed by the chief architect of Riverside's Mission Inn. It is fashioned after the Mission San Antonio De Padua. I know the latter fact because of my son's fourth grade mission report. I recognize McGroarty's name because of the McGroarty Art Center in Tujunga. That was McGroarty's home. During his life McGroarty was famous as a poet, politician, and journalist, and perhaps most of all because of the Mission Play. The Mission Play was a pageant that told a history of California, in highly romanticized and euro-biased terms. Next year, for its centennial, City of San Gabriel will be staging a revival of the Mission Play.
And here are some pertinent internet grabs.
Monday, July 23, 2012
My painting is nearly as busy as Pasadena Avenue. It really wasn't quite finished, but here you have it.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
In spite of the difficulty arriving, painting was good. I painted the Colorado Street Bridge. I was distracted from my crankiness, and the walk back to the car seemed easier, even though it was up hill and much hotter. In the evening I went to Pasadena Heritage's bridge party and celebrated the bridge on the bridge. The bridge is 99 years old, spans 1486 feet in a graceful curve 150 feet above the Arroyo.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
As for the painting, I'd give it slightly mixed reviews. The drawing is a little off in a distracting way, with the bowed archway and wrong angle of the doors. I tried and failed to get the beautiful warm reflected light inside the archway. To be honest with you, I cropped off some of the right side, which was just more of the same distracting dapples of green. There's some nice technique in the agapanthus, ubiquitous purple flowers I'm glad I painted. I'm fond of the shadows. I chose to paint this view because of the the interesting shadows, and because it has a face.