Descanso Gardens Path – California Impressionist Landscape

Descanso Gardens Path
9.7 x 7.6 inches
Acrylic on paper

People often ask me what the word “Descanso” means. It comes from the Spanish verb, descansar meaning “to repose or rest”. So, Descanso Gardens suggests a place of rest and relaxation.

To counteract today’s politically and economically charged climate, I thought I’d paint something that you would find restful and energizing. A place of repose and calm. A place to recharge and restore your soul. My friend Ruth told me the other day that she likes the ‘paths of light’ that I put into my paintings. It made me happy that she noticed that because they are a prominent feature of many of my landscapes. So today’s painting features all the restful elements I can conjure up … a cared-for well-tended garden, a place of rest and a path of light, beckoning to brighter times ahead.


  1. Lisa
    October 10, 2008

    I am in love with the way the light shines so brightly on this path! Totally inspiring!

  2. Timaree (freebird)
    October 10, 2008

    Rest for the weary is right! This is the most stressful election I have been around to see and that’s quite a few! I didn’t know the meaning of descanso but have enjoyed driving there when I lived in El Cajon years ago.

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