Garden Party Pasadena paint out – California impressionist landscape painting

The Garden Party
11 x 14 oil on canvas panel

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This season I’ve been enjoying doing more and more live event painting, like this recent party at a private home.
True, there’s a little pressure to get a painting mostly done within the time limit of an event, but I thrive on challenges and I enjoy socializing as I paint. And if there’s wine and cheese and fine music involved, what could be better!

I know that many of my readers have asked to see my palette set up. This photo gives a better look at a typical arrangement: French easel, easel mate with glass palette, medium cups, turp (OMS, really) brushes, lots of paper towels, paint scraper to clean glass palette, etc. I’ve blocked in the scene and am working on the background before the large crowd appeared. When I’m painting for myself, you’ll usually find me in T-shirt and jeans, but for a nice event I like to dress up a little (and try to keep my sleeves out of the paint piles.) Occupational hazard – I can’t shake hands with people who stop to visit, unless they want a nice offering of titanium white. So I do the back-handed knuckle-bump instead. So very hip, doncha know.


  1. Alex Tan
    October 9, 2009

    Magnificent as always!

  2. Lynn
    October 9, 2009

    What a gorgeous painting! And I like this picture of you – you look like you’re having lots of fun.

  3. Ramona Davidson
    October 9, 2009

    Love your painting and the colors. You have a gift. Keep using it.

  4. Jo
    October 17, 2009

    Ah, so nice to see you. You look great and looks like you are having fun.

  5. Anna Picket
    March 16, 2016

    Having a painter recording a live event like this is a fun idea. It’s a fun keepsake that’s a little more solid than a photo in a way. I imagine it would be a bit of pressure to get the painting finished in that short amount of time. Maybe we could hire someone to do this for my sister’s wedding this summer.

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