South Pasadena acts as muse to many visual artists. Remember this Rialto Visions Plein Air Paint Out from back in October? It was an inspiration to see so many painters lining the streets of our fair city, rendering The Rialto in various styles and pigments. I was so inspired, I had to take pictures of them.
But behind the scenes, tucked away in her South Pasadena studio, artist Leslie Saeta was using a palette knife to create her own versions of various city locations. And there was a twist -- she was basing several of the works on my photos from right here on GOSP. When she initially wrote to me to ask permission, I was thrilled that my images inspired someone else. I've always loved the spirit of artistic collaboration. It fueled the likes of Clifford Odets and the Group Theatre, films by Robert Altman, improvisational comedy venues like The Groundlings and Second City, not to mention every garage band's cover of Yesterday.
Now that I've seen Leslie's completed paintings, I'm not only thrilled but honored. This is how I would paint South Pas if I were an artist. You can see the works right here. They are based on my images originally posted here and here.
Take a few minutes to stop by Leslie's new daily painting blog as well as her professional website. (And for those of you who are wondering -- yes, Leslie IS the former first lady of South Pasadena -- she is happily married to David Saeta, former mayor and City Councilman.) Now, Leslie just needs to let me photograph her while she is painting one of my photographs ... MC Escher would approve.