Sunny Afternoon French Chateau European Original Oil Painting – by Karen Winters

8 x 10 oil on canvas panel

Here’s one from the archives as I’m getting ready for a client project tomorrow and running late. We have another client who manages castles and estates in Europe and often shows us pictures of the surrounding area. This little painting is a little bit of fantasizing about that beautiful part of the world. What a treat it would be to do some plein air painting around the Mediterranean.



Goldie 9 x 12 oil on panel

Today’s painting is a portrait of an anonymous golden retriever I’ll call Goldie, although she looks like a Molly, too. The portrait is actually head and shoulders but I thought I’d take a picture of a closeup of the face since that’s the part I worked on the most. The background is really a bit greener than it appears here, which I think is a nice balance to the warm tones of the fur. Pretty soon I’ll attempt a painting of Ripley (our American bulldog) in oil.

(The whole painting)

Tuscan Sunset – Karen Winters Daily Painting

Tuscan Sunset – 5″ x 7″ oil –


I like to paint sunsets. At that time of day the colors can be stronger and the lengthening shadows add interest to the composition. This is romanticized impression of a scene in Tuscany.

I am busily getting ready for the Montrose Artwalk this Saturday. If you’re in LA, please stop by. If you’ve been to the show at Descanso this one will contain mostly new work only some of which have been previewed here on this blog. Montrose is adjacent to Glendale in the Crescenta-Canada valley, northeast of downtown Los Angeles.

Impressionist waterlilies – daily painting

Pink waterlilies – 9 x 12 inches – oil on canvas

I had such a good time painting the reflections on “Drifters in the Stream” that I decided to paint another “reflections” painting but this time with brighter subject matter. These bright waterlilies provided exciting subject matter to practice with.

Saturday night’s opening at the Pasadena Women’s City Club (Blinn House) was a wonderful event and I was so honored to be able to participate with a painting in the show. The show features 40+ paintings of streams, rivers and harbors and I was happy to see many of my painting friends there. We also had the distinct pleasure of meeting Lewis MacAdams, poet and co-founder of Friends of the LA River. His enthusiasm for stewardship of the river was contagious and we found ourselves captivated by his “word paintings” as well as his wealth of information about this beautiful resource. It’s just another beautiful place to paint in LA.

There aren’t any waterlilies in the LA River (that I’m aware of) but there are fish such as tilapia, catfish and carp and abundant crawfish which the herons and egrets adore. Steelhead salmon used to run in the LA river, although those days are past. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the river could be restored to the degree that it was possible again? To the untutored eye, the LA River seems to be completely encased in concrete — yet there are miles and miles of stretches where the river has a natural sandy bottom and where plant life abounds. Yes, I am a natural history geekette as well as a paint and botany fan. I could listen to stories of our local environment for hours and thankfully my dear husband feels the same way – we are both inveterate information junkies.

Haystack Rock – Daily Painting

5″ x 7″ oil on canvasboard

Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Painted in a plein air style from a reference provided at Wet Canvas.

Sunset Oaks – Karen Winters Daily Painting

“Sunset Oaks” 12 x 16 oil on canvas

This studio painting, based upon plein air references is a companion piece to Evening Glory (sold) which can be seen in the sidebar to the left. Painting “oaky goodness” as my husband and I refer to it, is one of my favorite things to do. Our coast live oak trees are simply magnificent any time of year. The dried grasses glow in the sunset giving yet another reason why we’re called The Golden State.

This painting will most likely be included a week from tomorrow at the Montrose Artwalk from 9 – 4 on Honolulu Avenue in Montrose. Look for me near the Citibank bank building.