Friday, April 3, 2009

Plein Air at the Rosicrucian Museum

"Rosicrucian Museum and Planetarium"
11" x 14"

I didn't get to blog for a few days because I was busy with art and life. So here is a second post in the same day. Thursday was a lovely day here and the plein air group of the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society was painting at the Rosicrucian Museum. I decided to go green and rode my bike to light rail, got off downtown, and rode to the museum. I call this stealth exercise because I am riding for transportation, but get some exercise to boot.

I found a lovely spot to paint and I'm afraid I can't find a map of the grounds. This area is approached from Naglee Avenue. I love the Egyptian columns and the palm trees. Plus, big advantage, there was a table and chairs where I could sit comfortably in the sun and protected from some wind. I was joined for a time by Jenny and also by Jo Mary whom I had not met. We had a lovely time painting. Just before lunch I walked to the Starbuck's across the street to buy coffees for two of us. We ate our picnic lunches in the same area. Along about 1:00 it was time for me to make the 16 mile trek home. Jo Mary was so intrigued by my loaded Bike Friday, florescent vest, and helmet that she took a picture of me. I put a few finishing touches on my sketch this afternoon. I can't seem to get the color and light quite right onthis photograph of my original, but it's close.


Nancy said...

Another lovely plein air! Beautiful!

Mary Paquet said...

Nancy, thanks so much. I just found out that the Santa Clara Valley Watercolor Society will likely include this painting on their plein air Web page.