About me

Karen Winters' daily artblog.

If you have a question or or would like to find out if a painting is available for sale..... Write Me

Yes, I enjoy painting on commission and welcome your inquiry.

All material © 2005-2010 Karen Winters. All rights reserved. Do not copy.

 

  My items on eBay
Now on Ebay
 

Search

Recently Sold

Little
 
Sherwin
 
Tejon
 
Eaton
 
High
 
Will
 
Crystal
 
Central
 
baseball
 
Pasadena
 
Tournament
 
Heritage
 
Avila
 
A
 
Descanso
 
San
 
Moonstone
 
Mission
 
SLO
 
Windblown
 
Carpinteria
 
Carpinteria
 
Moonstone
 
Moonstone
 
When
 
Golden
 
Small
 
Drifters
 
Sycamore
 
Moonstone
 
Blustery
 
Capistrano
 
Lancaster
 
Casa
 
Paso
 
Vineyard
 
Terranea
 
Indian
 
Sierra
 
Sierra
 
California
 
Bishop
 
Bishop
 
Bishop
 
Bishop
 
Laguna
 
Peaceful
 
Two
 
Laguna
 
The
 
Along
 

Blog

Categories

Archives

Calendar

December 2006
M T W T F S S
« Nov   Jan »
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

How to subscribe to this blog


 

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner



 

Recent Comments:

  • Mitzi Cochran: What is the price point on this piece? It’s just beautiful!! You are incredibly talented!!
  • Molly: Absolutely brilliant – I felt transported!
  • grazia traverso: complimenti – quadri bellissimi!
  • Karen: Thanks, Annie!
  • Annie: My kind of place. My kind of smaller stream. My kind of lights touching up some rocks and grasses and leaves...
  • Karen: Thank you, Barbara
  • Barbara Pask: Beautiful, just beautiful.

Links

Webrings

Blogs Illustrated
Join | List | Previous | Next | Random

Daily Painters Webring
Join | List | Next | Previous | Random
alt-webring.com

Windy Grove – Daily Painting

December 6th, 2006

Windy Grove – 9 in x 12 in – Oil on canvasboard

In spite of yesterday’s strong winds we found some paintable bits of rural agricultural life very close to Los Angeles.

This painting depicts a stand of protective eucalyptuses bordering a citrus grove. Eucs are commonly planted as windbreaks, to protect delicate oranges or lemons from damaging storms. The mighty eucs were working extra hard on Sunday – groaning and swaying in high winds that drove brush fires in Moorpark, in the Simi Valley.

I’m enjoying painting bits of rural life that are still left in California, in the spirit of the scene painters of the thirties. And I’m really looking forward to painting more of these graceful gum trees.

Based on reading I’ve been doing (Kevin McPherson) and suggestions from Laura Wambsgans and others, I painted this with only three colors and white: ultramarine blue, cadmium red deep, cadmium yellow pale and titanium white.

Now … back to the easel …

8 Comments »

  1. this looks so much like my grandfather’s place in Walnut (near Pomona)
    I think I can feel the wind come off the picture :)

    Comment by endment — December 6, 2006 @ 7:07 pm
  2. the colors are great… good choices

    Comment by Pamela — December 6, 2006 @ 11:46 pm
  3. Karen – what really drew my eye with this one is that there is a much more defined sense of the different values within your design. I wonder if this was because you were working with a more limited palette? I know that when I did my workshop with Sally Strand (who is renowned for way with colour) she emphasised all the time to need to work on values all the way through a painting – very much a values first and colour second approach. I’m also wondering whether the switch from watercolours to oils is also having an impact on your rendering of values.

    Anyway – enough wondering from me – whatever it is – it’s working! Well done – great work

    Comment by Katherine — December 7, 2006 @ 12:42 am
  4. Katherine, I think part of the reason is that I have been studying some of the works of Kevin McPherson very intensively lately, and he emphasizes working with what he calls the “light and shadow” families at the blocking-in stage, before moving on to defining color (temperature) differences within the values. I think it’s also easier to get a wider range of values in oils than it is in watercolor, because one is constantly working to get enough pigment on the paper to get rich, dark color in watercolor, knowing that most colors dry lighter. In oil, because everything is opaque, it’s much easier.

    Comment by Karen — December 7, 2006 @ 2:30 am
  5. Amazing that you used only three colours! I like it :)

    tea
    xo

    Comment by tea — December 7, 2006 @ 3:09 am
  6. FANTASTIC, KAREN! The colors just sparkle!

    Comment by lin — December 7, 2006 @ 6:14 am
  7. Karen, this is wonderful. The sense of depth is terrific, and the shadows under the trees on the right really ring true. And the oil sketch of the sweet was awesome. It looks ready to eat.

    Comment by Linda T — December 8, 2006 @ 6:45 am
  8. Karen, this picture is stunning. I think it may be the best one you’ve ever posted.

    Comment by Loretta — December 9, 2006 @ 5:40 am

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a comment