Desert Sunrise – Palm Springs – Karen Winters Daily Painting

“Desert Sunrise” oil on canvas 14 x 18

But you can find more of my desert paintings and other landscapes at Karen Winters Gallery Site

This Friday, December 8, I will be exhibiting some paintings again at Descanso Gardens in La Canada, and this painting may be among them. (I’m still deciding which four I’ll bring for the group exhibition, and my final selection will probably be made that morning.) This painting was inspired by the warm beauty of the sunrise in Palm Springs.

On another topic, last Friday night we attended a lecture at the Norton Simon museum in Pasadena on the landscapes of Renoir. His painting continued to evolve through the years, and there were some startling examples of contemporaneous paintings executed in very different styles, depending upon the subject matter. This came as a surprise to me because I think we are used to seeing a great deal of consistency in the bodies of work of the masters. It’s refreshing to see how they experimented and explored new techniques with a variety of interesting results.


  1. Tami
    December 2, 2007

    I love these desert scenes of yours, I can almost feel the dryness and smell the sage on the air. You handle the color ranges so beautifully!

  2. Nancy Poucher
    December 3, 2007

    This desert piece has so much life. Very nice work!

  3. Bill Polm
    December 3, 2007

    Well done. You’re still going strong, with your daily efforts, and I can see the increase in fluency in your work. You seem to be progressing particularly, if I may say so, in your use of color, as well as overall. Your color is not only quite varied but also bold and works together cleanly and effectively. Such confident brush work too! A lovely painting.
    You find such good subject matter, or at least it turns out that way in your paintings. The further I go along this road of seeking skill at producing good art, the more I’m finding material just around the corner!

    [On a side note, Which you may find interesting: after a lot of years being exclusively focused on watercolor and after a workshop with Stephen Quiller in Colorado last June, I was inspired to go back and try acrylics (I have used them some over the years). Now, I have taken up acrylics wholeheartedly and love the freedom and flexibility (go dark or light at any moment). For me, much more relaxing than watercolor painting. I’m using them mostly opaquely on canvas in an oil style.]

  4. Carolyn
    December 5, 2007

    Renoir’s style also changed because he suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis which severely deformed his hands. He painted with brushes strapped to his arms. It is actually very inspiring to read about.

  5. Stevie Denny
    January 22, 2010

    Karen, I just came across your work, and it’s beautiful! Most of it is done en plein air, I assume. Although I now live in Arizona, I grew up in Burbank, and your paintings evoke many happy memories for me. I like your work done at Hansen Dam, and the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena is wonderful.

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