Griffith Observatory Watercolor Painting

Of all of my plein air paintings with my Saturday morning group, I am most proud of this one.  We set out to go to the Griffith Observatory one beautiful January morning and I chose this spot for all of us.  We sat down, started drawing, and then a half hour in I exclaimed, “Why didn’t anyone warn me how difficult this angle would be?!”  I initially started out in pen and ink and then abandoned ship…it just wasn’t coming out.

Thankfully, I had a pencil and eraser on hand, so I gave it another shot and a drawing eventually came together.  Getting through the drawing is difficult for me — I would much rather be putting paint on the paper.  So, I was excited to move on to the paint stage and am SO pleased with how this came together.  I especially love the patina on the dome!

About jenny

Jennifer Smith Greene is originally from and lives currently in Burbank, California with her husband Gavin Greene. Jenny completed her undergraduate degree from Woodbury University in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphics & web designer, both as an in-house and freelance designer. She also has completed a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has worked as a hospital chaplain and in support roles in various churches. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys watercolor painting. She has taken classes and workshops under Joseph Stoddard, Tom Fong, Danny Gregory and Jane Friend. Additionally, Jenny is active in the community and volunteers her time on the Board of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley, a social service nonprofit dedicated to helping homeless children and their families by providing shelter and support services to help the families find jobs and housing. Jenny enjoys reading (and highly recommends the site Goodreads), watching movies, playing softball and tennis and taking walks with her husband. Otherwise, Jenny is always curious to find out about those people who come to her site and would love to hear from you!
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