First Flush

“First Flush” 9 x 12 oil on canvas on board

When spring comes to Descanso Gardens, the first flush of roses is a sight to behold. In fact, it’s pretty darn spectacular any time of year, even now when the hot summer colors radiate from every corner.

Yesterday I spent some time up at the gallery with fellow artists Belinda del Pesco, and Trish Kertes – two of the most gifted artists and nicest people you’d ever want to meet. They were so very helpful in teaching me the ropes of running the gallery when it’s our turn in a few weeks. Their expertise was so very welcome.

Prints coming soon

I’m making my master list of things to do to get ready, and among them is making prints available for sale as well as original works. So if you’ve been interested in getting prints of some of the things I’ve posted here, I will soon be offering those in a variety of sizes. More details on that as I get further along. At the moment I need to focus on the imminent deadline.


  1. Wendee
    August 31, 2007

    Someday.. our prints will come … 😉
    Best wishes on all this, Karen. I think it is the palette, in particular, that you’ve been using that appeals to me so much. But the hand that holds the brush, of course, gives it such a great spirit and life. This one is lovely. I’d take a print, for sure…

  2. brian
    August 31, 2007

    The roses really pop! Wonderful painting.

  3. wendy
    September 1, 2007

    This is so pretty! Gardens are amazing. Here it is the first day of spring and after the drought, then rains, there is plenty of new life in the garden, even tiny seeds have germinated with a promise of vegetables in summer.

  4. carole
    September 3, 2007

    This is gorgeous, Karen. I love the soft colours, the blue highlights on the grass, and those roses – beautiful!

  5. linda woods
    September 3, 2007

    This painting is gorgeous! The rose garden at Descanso is soooo pretty!
    I have had the pleasure of meeting Belinda and you are so right about her!

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