Flint Canyon Trail – Daily Painting

“Flint Canyon Trail” – 9 x 12 oil on canvasboard

Graduations and reunions are completed (joyfully) and we are catching up after all the partying and celebrating. Here are our son and daughter, who will be having her own MBA graduation next year.

So, it was time for me to get back to painting, and new watercolors, oils and pastels will follow soon. This painting represents a portion of the Flint Canyon Trail which is part of a large loop of trails that goes through La Canada, Flintridge, where we live. The trail is most beautiful in early morning and late afternoon light (this was about 6 pm.) The canvas was toned with burnt sienna underneath which adds an overall glow as bits of it peek through here and there.


  1. Brenda Yarborough
    June 19, 2007

    I love how the viewer in in shade and the sunlit area is ahead! What an uplifting painting.
    Congratulations to the graduate, thank you for sharing the wonderful photo.

  2. Penny
    June 19, 2007

    Interesting way to use your oils, with a misty feel to it. Like it.

  3. wendy
    June 19, 2007

    My fingers are so cold I can hardly key in the words! Congratulations to the new graduates. A great achievement. The picture is lovely, that undercoat of burnt sienna or ochre gives it a unity and glow.

  4. Casey
    June 20, 2007

    Congratulations to your son, Karen! You must be so proud. I love the painting – it has a nostalgic feel to it that I’m having difficulty describing – I wonder if that impression comes from the undercoat of burnt sienna…

  5. Tami
    June 20, 2007

    Karen, the undertones in this work wonderfully! It has a feeling of the drier time of summer and of stretching light. The soft shadowy house in the background is lovely too! As to your children, they look like
    children to be very proud of, congratulations!

  6. Sherie
    June 20, 2007

    What an absolutely beautiful scene! Great work! Beautiful kids, too. I can see why you are so proud. Wish them all the success in the world.

  7. Jana Bouc
    June 21, 2007

    Spectacular Karen! I love this. You’ve captured the beauty of the scene, the light and done so by also showing off the best of oil painting technique and flavor too. Congratulations!

  8. Katherine
    June 22, 2007

    You have very handsome children Karen – I think I ducked my MBA graduation on the grounds that I couldn’t go through that ridiculous hat thing again.

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