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On Descanso Pond – La Canada

September 21st, 2007

“On Descanso Pond” 5 x 7″ oil on gessoed board
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There is a large pond (or a small lake) at Descanso Gardens where migrating birds stop to rest. Turtles swim in the water and herons are commonly seen wading in the distance along the far shore. A large white goose seems to be the king of the roost. Today I painted this small landscape while visitors passed by the gallery.

I’m very happy with how it turned out, and at the suggestion of my co-exhibitor Laura, I think I will use it as a basis for a much larger painting. If this dries quickly I might even bring it back to our reception on Sunday – party time – noon to four!

We had many pleasant talks, and I especially enjoyed my time with a very precocious young lady of 3 or 4 who was very interested in mixing colors. We discussed the names of everything on my palette and I mixed a few colors to show her how it all worked. At the end she picked out a sunflower from my cards to put in her room. I like the idea of that sunflower greeting her every morning when she wakes up.

I was delighted also to meet a lovely betrothed couple who are going to have their wedding in Greece. I am quickly discovering that one of the very best things about doing the show is all the interesting new and friendly people I get to meet. Painting and good conversation – could there be any better way to spend a day?

4 Comments »

  1. This is so fresh and a delight to view. I love the reflections in the water.

    Comment by Linda T — September 21, 2007 @ 8:25 pm
  2. I had to stop by to say that i love this one of yours. the way you’ve captured the water and reflections is outstanding.

    Comment by Ujwala — September 21, 2007 @ 11:33 pm
  3. This is another of my favourites, Karen. I love the reflections, the colour palette, and the contrast between dark trees on the right and the light reflections on the water.

    Comment by carole — September 22, 2007 @ 9:06 am
  4. Karen, this is another favorite for me, too! I love the calm glassy water — yet, despite the calm, there is still a strong energy in this painting, which rings very true! It’s like you painted the sounds or something …. so hard to explain …:-)

    Comment by Linda — September 23, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

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