Descanso Gardens Train Station – Plein air California landscape oil painting

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


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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  1. Kelly
    August 21, 2009

    Beautiful painting.

  2. nancy t.
    August 21, 2009

    It’s lovely, and I really like the glow that the Alizarin Crimson gave it. Well done! nancy

  3. delph
    August 22, 2009

    This is beautiful, and peaceful! The colors are great, very exhuberant and happy!

  4. Aurileide Alves
    August 22, 2009

    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!

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