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Descanso Gardens Train Station – Plein air California landscape oil painting

August 21st, 2009

“All Aboard” – Descanso Gardens train station at sunset
9 x 12 oil on canvas panel
Plein air landscape oil painting

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Late Thursday afternoons at Descanso Gardens always bring opportunities for things to paint. Yesterday I enjoyed the view of the little train station where the engine and engineer wait to take people on a magical trip through the camellia forest. Maybe one of these days I’ll actually take the train ride, camera in hand, and see the garden from a different (low angle) point of view. An alizarin crimson underpainting (done very rapidly) imparts a warm glow to the scene.

I thought I left my big roll of brushes at home and consequently painted most of this with a medium sized filbert. Some of the fine detail on the engine and engineer was done later when I had the appropriate tools. Last week’s Descanso painting has been purchased by a lovely new collector from So. Pasadena, but this one is still available.

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4 Comments »

  1. Beautiful painting.

    Comment by Kelly — August 21, 2009 @ 12:58 pm
  2. It’s lovely, and I really like the glow that the Alizarin Crimson gave it. Well done! nancy

    Comment by nancy t. — August 21, 2009 @ 6:05 pm
  3. This is beautiful, and peaceful! The colors are great, very exhuberant and happy!

    Comment by delph — August 22, 2009 @ 1:21 am
  4. I was so depressed because I’ve had a bad color day. My efforts to get the right color to a job were unsucessful. then I’ve seen your work. Oh boy! You got the talent. It’s beautiful!

    Comment by Aurileide Alves — August 22, 2009 @ 5:36 pm

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