Sometime in late summer I had my easel in the car and stopped my errands to venture into the Madrona Marsh in Torrance, CA. The light was good and the landscape is spare and weedy. An old California oak tree stands as a testament to time, the smells of dry grasses comes up and fills the air. I stood in the shade of a small tree, painting this scene and at one point two birds landed on a branch right behind me. It’s good to know that open spaces are considered important still by some. This place offers a bit of sanctuary even as traffic surrounds the marsh on all sides. It’s an unlikely place, however it is a wonderful place to visit as it represents an environment unchanged by time, despite the urbanity all around.
I am a newly minted member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association (LPAPA). Their 13th annual Less is More show is running now until July 22nd, 2019. This painting was accepted into the online gallery and is available to view and purchase.
(Note: The show is now closed.)