Friday, May 9, 2014


Last week at the Los Angeles County Arboretum, it was very hot.  I sat in the shade where it was relatively cool and painted this.  I was approached by baby ducks, but I had nothing for them.  There was an event called Spring!topia going on, and I tried to take it in after I painted, but it was hot enough that my edges wilted and I just ended up going home.

This is the Queen Anne Cottage that I painted once before.  It has a good story that I told once before.  It was featured in the opening scene of a 1970s/1980s television show called Fantasy Island.  The period Fantasy Island ran pretty much paralleled the time when I lived without a television.  Although somehow I knew the show well enough to be familiar with one of its actors, Herve Villechaze, who walked into my pub one night, and walked up to the bar and ordered a drink.  I think I may have helped him, because he was extremely small, and unlikely to be seen from behind the bar.

I was recalling that I don't remember my parents ever taking me to the arboretum.  Which seems odd because my father was such a fan and walking encyclopedia of trees.  I went with the Girl Scouts, and got a bit of training about plants and did some nature-related crafts.  I went back on a regular basis as a teenager.  It was a place to feed ducks, hold hands with boys, and gather feathers to adorn our hippie-girl hair.   That was years before I knew of the migratory birds act.


  1. Oh, I like this very much and recognized it immediately. When I was a little kid, my parents had friends who lived in a decaying mansion that back up to the arboretum. When they said, "Go play," they meant the arboretum, as they considered it their own backyard.

  2. When I worked Tiny Naylors (Forest Lawn adjacent) I used to wait on the lolly pop kids from the Wizard of Oz. Rumor had it that some community in Glendale was built for them at 2/3s ratio. Maybe Herve Villechaze lived there too.

    Liking the blendy action you achieved on that palm tree

  3. A lovely green and luscious place , in your painting it looks so fresh and not hot , beautiful reflexions in the water .

  4. Love your painting. We, in fact, are planning on going there next week - it's been a couple years since we've been there. However, if it is in the 90's or above - forget about it! Oh yes, Fantasy Island - sure do remember that - one of my favorite shows.

  5. beautifully done!

    and thank you too for your honesty. i so agree about the shadows! happy creating!