Yes, and I went painting last week at the relatively new Los Angeles State Historic Park (LASHP) and met some of the rangers. We chatted for a little bit, they snapped some pictures and put up a short post on me - check it out and leave some comments on the LASHP blog. From their posts it looks like the park is well-used and features lots of events. Although still in progress, there are about 13 acres available for public use now; in the photo below, it is the large green swath that stretches from near the skyscrapers of downtown L.A. to the Broadway Street bridge at about the middle of the photo. Chinatown and Olvera Street are within walking distance.
The park is a nice (free!) spot to paint with views of the bridge, downtown L.A., and some of the hills leading up to Elysian Park. Later in the afternoon there are lots of folks out running, walking dogs, etc. Although nearly finished for the season, the flowers in the park are pretty spectacular, too. There were still poppies and sunflowers blooming last week. I loved the slower pace and open space of the park, in such close proximity to the hectic freeways and industrial areas. There are even a small group of goats in the park right now!
I neglected to mention earlier another blogger whom I met while out painting in Pasadena this spring in the Arroyo Seco, Petrea and her husband John of Pasadena Daily Photo. They also took some nice photos, and frequently feature all sorts of intriguing and well-written stories about the Pasadena area and life. Send them a hello when you stop by -