From Plein Air Year 2-2018

Phyllis’ Backyard

Plein Air #37.01 / 01.10.18 / 8×8 acrylic
Phyllis’ Backyard, Porter Ranch, CA
“House with the View”

Well, finally. Back out there.

There was too much to choose from in Phyllis’ backyard. It faces east and, judging from her photographs, has endless beautiful sunrises. To the left (northeast) is a mountain, adorned with a house that looks over the entire San Fernando Valley. Phyllis says that you can see all the way to L.A. on a very clear day.

Taking in the Valley view to the right (southeast), I was waaay overwhelmed by the overload of information no matter where I looked. I finally settled on the mountain and house because it gave me peace by comparison. Actually, it was a day in which I would have preferred to paint the dog had I thought he would have stayed put for an hour. (As it turned out, he sacked out on the chaise lounge and I missed the opportunity.) Carol, however, tackled the Valley and got a very nice start with it.

This is what I came home with. I’ve had no time to play with it.

I really oughta make some sort of plein air goal, it being New Year’s ‘n’ all. Hmmm.