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Sunset Soiree – California Impressionist Plein Air Genre Painting

September 29th, 2008

“Sunset Soiree” SOLD
9 x 12 oil on canvas
Plein air painting

A few nights ago I had the pleasure of doing a plein air sunset painting while listening to the sweet sounds of The Crown City Brass Quintet. Wine, music, art, lovely people, gardens. It just doesn’t get any better than this!

And now, a few words about painting at sunset when much of the color has gone. What do you do? You invent it and you paint the color the way it might have been. Or, in the words of the late artist Milford Zornes “paint it the way you want it to be.” And so I did.

By the time I arrived at the event, around 6:30, the sun had settled behind the majestic pines and oaks. But what remained were hints of warm color that I exaggerated to create a mood. Painting in settings like this is a special treat for me because, unlike in a restaurant, cafe or on the beach, the people remain seated for the duration, so one’s painting isn’t ruined by the sudden rearrangement of of the models! This culture loving group gave me a rare opportunity to paint a genre scene in a leisurely hour and a half.

9 Comments »

  1. Beautifully done, Karen. I really like the mood you presented here too. A lot can be learned just by studying this painting!

    Comment by Donn — September 29, 2008 @ 7:56 pm
  2. Excellent, Karen! Love the lighting, actually. You know how to push that paint around for sure!

    Comment by M. Nova — September 30, 2008 @ 4:54 am
  3. Your work is so stunning…Just Beautiful.

    Comment by Carol — September 30, 2008 @ 8:40 am
  4. This is beautiful Karen! I love all the colors

    Comment by Judybec — September 30, 2008 @ 6:29 pm
  5. I love the glow you made.

    Comment by Dianne Mize — October 1, 2008 @ 7:26 am
  6. Hello,
    Very beutiful paintings, drawings. I love it!!!

    Comment by Leentje — October 1, 2008 @ 1:10 pm
  7. Great painting and sounds like a lovely evening!

    Comment by Liz & Borromini — October 2, 2008 @ 2:55 am
  8. This is lovely. I can’t imagine trying to paint in those light conditions. You did a wonderful job of “invention”.
    Do you still find time to do watercolors?

    Comment by Chris — October 4, 2008 @ 7:36 pm
  9. Hi Chris Good to hear from you. Yes, I still do watercolors although it’s easier to paint in oil in a public place because if I’m interrupted and make an error I can easily fix it. Not so easy in watercolor!

    Comment by Karen — October 7, 2008 @ 4:43 pm

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