Big Sur Seascape Oil Painting – California Coast – Karen Winters Daily Painting

“California Coast” (near Big Sur) 16 x 20 oil on canvas
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When we were first married, young and footloose, my husband and I loved to travel up and down California on photo safaris. One of our favorite places was the coastline. So it’s not surprising that it would be a favorite subject mine for painting, also.

A few days ago we spent hours on beaches in Orange County, just watching the surf and studying how the color changes with the passage of time. The results of those studies will be seen here soon.


  1. Felicity
    March 27, 2008

    Lovely – the light and shadows on the cliffs is beautifully done.

  2. Becky
    March 27, 2008

    The blue is just beautiful! I wish I were there…it’s gray and freezing here…with sleet! Your paintings are gorgeous!

  3. Ann
    March 27, 2008

    I love the color and play of light in this! Wish I was there :)

  4. Lynn
    March 27, 2008

    Your choice of colors is simply gorgeous! I love the grasses in the foreground and the contrast against the sea. Scrumptious!

  5. Nancy
    March 27, 2008

    The way you’ve tackled this scene is great. I think this is truly one of your best. The colors, and composition, light all are handled very well.

  6. Bec
    March 27, 2008

    I love the purple-y blue water!

  7. Tami
    March 27, 2008

    I feel like I’m standing on one knoll looking over at another. Exquisite!

  8. Linda
    March 27, 2008

    Yes — one of your best! I love the warm grass in the immediate foreground, but the cool cliff foreground. The shadows are really quite exciting in this one — you’ve truly captured the light!

  9. shea
    March 29, 2008

    I love the light and colors. You must be beautiful to create such beautiful compositions.

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