Painting at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

Plein Air painting at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, CA. Morning scene sunlight through trees and flowers.
Mid-Morning, Claremont, 2018 by Curtis Green

At the foothill of Mt. Baldy in Southern California is a small college town called Claremont.  It is the home of many famous graduate schools.  I set off to do some painting at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. Situated near the theology campus, the gardens were founded by Susanna Bixby Bryant in 1927.

There is an area called a cultivar garden of hybrid plantings. Within it is a dry bed lined with some lemon eucalyptus trees and other types of trees and bushes.  The mid morning sun was breaking through the tall bushes and trees and with a small field easel and about three pigments, I was able to catch the brilliant sun beams casting across the field and the tree trunks.

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