Mountain View Cemetery - October 10, 2009

Last Saturday was sunny and bright in Oakland. I was early for the paint out with East Bay Plein Air so I high-tailed it to the road up on the hill above Millionaire's Row at Mountain View Cemetery.

This is not exactly the view I had for my first painting (I was a little further down the road just in back of the statued monument - with a peek of the domed Oakland Columbarium through the trees. I left out the buildings in the background in the painting below.

Mountain View Cemetery (9"x12"pastel on black paper) - Artist Janice L-H

I did rework this when I got home, darkening the liquid amber trees and highlighting the statue above the monument for emphasis.
There is a slight glare on the photo from the right but you can see what it used to look like here.

Once the group arrived I met them at the last fountain where we split up to paint. I had glimpsed one of my favorite statues on the way down the hill but got turned around going to the meeting place. Anyhow I saw the Veteran's Area where I think I will go next time to work up some of those great magnolia trees located there.

Finally finding the Angel at the end of the curve in front of a row of ornamental plum trees, I went to work.

Reclining Angel (12"x 18" pastel on black paper) - Artist Janice L-H

Yes, I did rework this once I was home (I hope I'm not actually messing them up!) and you can see the original rendition here. I toned down the monuments, tree shadows and the sky and added some contour to the plum trees.

Can't wait to return tomorrow! Janice


  1. Rebeca says: I like how you manipulated the background and the very expressive lines of color. With you and Joan, we now have our first pastel artists!

  2. Nice work! Your drawings fill the whole page with interesting patterns and shapes. I enjoy seeing the photos alongside the drawings, too.

  3. Welcome to the blog. I like the playfulness and spirit of your pastels. Very expressive.

  4. Thanks Rebeca, Diana and Karen for the kind words. I'm hoping to join you all on Saturdays from time-to-time. This is a fun group! I too am glad to see another pastel artist at the paintouts one of these days (in the future) when I get more confident with paints, I'll bring acylics too. I'm learning alot from other artists.

  5. Hi Janice - great to see you and your work again - hopefully we can coincide one day soon - Fran