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Plein air Eaton Canyon

September 19th, 2006

Watercolor on 140# paper … 9″ x 10″

Today our paint out group went to Eaton Canyon Nature Area in Altadena, CA … a new place where I had not painted before. In the early fall some of the trees were starting to show tinges of brown and gold, and the hills were brown from the long dried-up spring rye grass. This is typical California chapparal – hills scattered with oak trees and occasional accents of chemise, toyon and buckwheat.

This on location study is going to be the basis for an oil painting one of these days. I’m looking forward to going back there again soon. Check back tomorrow – I have two more (looser) watercolor sketches I did today, but I need to get them scanned up.

10 Comments »

  1. GORGEOUS, KAREN!!! I love the wisps of foilage in the foreground agains the trees …. evocative!

    Comment by lin — September 20, 2006 @ 5:28 am
  2. Yesterday while traveling home I saw so many things I would have photographed and later maybe even attempt to paint…

    On the hubbys birthday we went out for a quiet meal, and there was an interesting water color on the wall beside us…
    possibly a lake and trees… an overturned boat…. and a huge beautiful trout. I thought the trout was jumping out of the water and we were looking at the shore from the fish view. My hubby thought the bass was kind of a comic addition – laying on the shore biger than the boat.

    I guess I’ll have to ask the artist. In any event.. the picture had our conversation for quite a while… so it did its job!

    Comment by PAmela — September 20, 2006 @ 7:13 am
  3. Everything is beautiful but what really caught my eye were those light horizonatal lines in the foreground. It just seems to make the whole picture for me.

    Comment by TeriC — September 20, 2006 @ 9:36 am
  4. Fabulous as usual…you do have the magic touch….

    Comment by Margaret McCarthy Hunt — September 20, 2006 @ 11:26 am
  5. I love the elegant calligraphy of the trees in the foreground and the dissolving, buxom mountains in the background. You did a grand job of building this painting.

    Comment by Laura — September 20, 2006 @ 2:29 pm
  6. Ah, Karen, this is wonderful. I especially like the way you’ve got the cool sandy feeling with the grasses in the forground, you can almost feel that sand in your toes. Those lavender tones are terrific, and you got the clarity too, just clean and unfussy. YAY!

    Comment by NelVanL — September 20, 2006 @ 5:15 pm
  7. Luv the mix of greens and the subtle lavender .

    Comment by Gladys — September 20, 2006 @ 5:27 pm
  8. Gosh, the light just radiates here! It seems to capture the desert light and it’s reflective qualities perfectly!

    Comment by Felicity — September 23, 2006 @ 9:35 am
  9. I love the great darks you got in this one and the expressive line work. Really nice!

    Comment by Jana Bouc — September 23, 2006 @ 5:40 pm
  10. It has a lovely sense of depth – I can just plan my walk up the cool of that ravine, twisting to the left…

    Comment by alison — September 27, 2006 @ 8:34 pm

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