Wisconsin Sunset – Impressionist American Landscape Oil Painting – Karen Winters

“Wisconsin Sunset”
12 x 16 oil on canvas

This is another in the series of paintings inspired by the beauty of Wisconsin which we saw on a recent trip.

After visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, I was impressed by the works of George Inness, an American “Hudson River School” painter who was greatly influenced by the French Barbizon painters (who were impressionist forerunners.) Although I had not seen an Inness in person, before, I remember seeing a Theodore Rousseau painting (Barbizon school) at the Norton Simon Museum near us in Pasadena – and my response to it was the same: I found it breathtaking and deeply moving. These painters’ choice of dramatic landscape subject matter and the use of powerful darks is something that I’ve included in my paintings from time to time and it may be one area I’ll be exploring in the future. They also were fond of spectacular skies, and I am, too.

This location was near a farm in the southeast part of the state where there were numerous outbuildings. The water feature is probably a seasonal pond, left as a result of the spring floods in that area.

When I look at this painting, it takes me right back to that time and place. I’m satisfied with it. What do you think?


  1. Ann
    July 3, 2008

    Oh Karen, could your paintings get any more beautiful? Love the light in this, and the color, and the mood, I could go on and on – this is a stunning piece!

  2. Donn
    July 3, 2008

    Very nice, Karen. I love sunsets. I miss painting with oils.

  3. Werner Pfarr
    July 4, 2008

    It’s not only a beautiful sunset, it also captures very well the dusk light, with the trees on the left that are almost black, and the amazing color of the sky reflected by the water: Dusk is the time when the colors move off the material things, over to the more immaterial things…

  4. Laurel Neustadter
    July 4, 2008

    This is awesome. I love the colors and the way you omit details in the buildings. Very striking.

  5. Tami
    July 4, 2008

    I love this, Karen. It leaves so much to the viewers imagination yet gives so much information at the same time. The feeling is perfect for a dusky summer evening.

  6. Annie
    July 4, 2008

    This is stunning, Karen. I love the magical moment when
    one is held between the mysterious dark closing in
    and the sky on fire but slowly burning into velvet
    cinders. We just had a night like that with early fireworks
    at home for our little grandson. The sky was better.

  7. Lisa at Greenbow
    July 5, 2008

    The previous commenters have said it all. I too love the sky and the way you captured the light. The way the colors meld together and spread all through out, sweet.

  8. Tracey Latorelli
    July 6, 2008


    Your work is OUTSTANDING! Impressionistic work is my favorite to look at. You’ve captured the light spendidly; and the pallette you chose is “right up my alley”. Love what you do….

    By the way….the comment you were kind enough to leave on my blog under my most recent pasel painting serves as inspiration for me. I want to thank you very much for taking the time to pop in and see what I’m working on.

    The comment you left, especially coming from one as talented as you, means quite a lot.

    Best wishes and warm regards,

  9. teric
    July 7, 2008

    Just beautiful!

  10. DebMc
    July 7, 2008

    Growing up in the Texas Panhandle made me a lover of beautiful, bold skies. Your painting is lovely and brings to mind great memories.

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