Cactus Cottage –

Cactus Cottage – 5.5″ x 8″ watercolor
Here’s an impressionist sketch of a cottage garden with a picket fence- inspired by a street we walked down in Capistrano.
Very quick and loose, with a minimum of explicit detail. I like the rambunctious feeling of it. In the midst of all the cottage flowers mixed with California natives there was a large beavertail cactus and some other tall, ridged kinds. I like the feeling of new world meets old, duking it out for visual superiority.


  1. luci
    April 8, 2007

    Rambunctious indeed! Those plants look effervescent, happily congregating with each other. I admire your bold, unrestrained brush strokes.

  2. andrea
    April 8, 2007


  3. Ronell
    April 8, 2007

    Beautiful painting, Karen. It really has that wonderful “cottagey” look so typical of picket fences..

  4. Casey
    April 9, 2007

    Lovely sketch, Karen, and so full of energy!

  5. carole
    April 9, 2007

    I love that shade of red! It really makes the painting sing. You’ve captured the mood of a picket fence and its shadows beautifully.

  6. laserone
    April 10, 2007

    Gorgeous. I love the red flowers and the fence. Really nice!

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