Evening Glory – Daily Painting

“Evening Glory” (central coast) 12″ x 16″ oil on stretched canvas

Now you know a little bit about what I was up to from Thursday to Sunday of this past week – I was on a road trip and photo safari to gather references for new paintings. Much as I’d like to stop and paint quietly at each of these locations, we were on a timetable and my little Nikon served me well, providing a wealth of material to use as inspiration for new works.

Thank you all for the feedback you gave on “Beside Still Waters” – as you can tell, I’m still enjoying the use of heightened colors and there’s a very good chance I’ll be exploring this approach for awhile.

This scene was inspired by a drive we took at sunset near Paso Robles, California – our beautiful Central Coast region. Here, hillsides were generously dotted with oak trees, and the grasses literally glowed shades of gold and orange in the waning light. I made notes on the colors just in case the photographs didn’t reveal the true brilliance of the scene. In fact, I relied more on my memory and notes than the photo in doing this painting. So, I’m painting intensely right now. I sense an opportunity coming that doesn’t even have a name yet – but I know I need to have a number of paintings ready. The muse cracks the whip and I obey.


  1. Lydia
    August 1, 2007

    Wow! This is a beautiful piece… great colors!

  2. Jo Castillo
    August 1, 2007

    Very nice painting, and oh, the colors!

  3. Annie
    August 1, 2007

    You caught the glow, Karen.

    Sometimes I can hardly believe that glowing light at the end of the day, and a camera has yet to catch it for me :) so it was clever of you to take those notes.

    What treats you do give us.

  4. Linda
    August 1, 2007

    it’s a good thing you’re so obedient. I hope The Muse keeps on crackin’ that whip, because you are putting out some terrific work! It’s been fun & interesting watching you & your paintings progress…. Thank you!!

  5. Maggie
    August 1, 2007

    What a beautiful painting, the first thing that came to mind was Andrew Wyeth. I am not sure exactly why but it did. Love it!

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