On Descanso Pond – La Canada

“On Descanso Pond” 5 x 7″ oil on gessoed board

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?


  1. Linda T
    September 21, 2007

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

  2. Ujwala
    September 21, 2007

    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.

  3. carole
    September 22, 2007

    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.

  4. Linda
    September 23, 2007

    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 …:-)

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