Brighter Tomorrows – Batiquitos Lagoon Path, near Carlsbad, California – California impressionist oil painting by Karen Winters

Brighter Tomorrows
20 x 24 inches – oil on canvas
Batiquitos Lagoon, near Carlsbad, California, San Diego County

This is the largest oil painting I’ve painted so far, and I got a great deal of enjoyment from the process. I’ll likely be doing more larger size works, some in anticipation of my first solo show next May. This one is going to Descanso Gardens for our Encore Holiday show, hanging Friday and continuing at least through January 6 (maybe longer.)

Batiquitos Lagoon is a beautiful wetlands area popular with birders and hikers. We spent the later part of an afternoon there, and can hardly wait to get back for more. Because the light was changing so quickly, this large painting was not painted on site but was done in studio from my own photo references, on-site observations and field notes.

When it came time to name this painting, I first thought of simply entitling it “Batiquitos Lagoon Trail,” but it occurred to me that in these very stressful times something more hopeful and optimistic might better represent the feeling I tried to capture. So it is Brighter Tomorrows, and may yours be brighter with each passing day, too.


  1. MaryO
    November 20, 2008

    Karen I continue to take pleasure in seeing your new works. I so admire your painting, as well as your evocative titles!

  2. Timaree
    November 20, 2008

    Oh my, this one and Heaven and Nature Sing are just breathtaking! You certainly feel the grandeur of what God created in these.

  3. Shakeel
    November 21, 2008

    Very beautiful painting. I love nature and your pictures express the nature very beautifully. Thanks for sharing this beauty.

  4. josé louro
    November 21, 2008

    I karen. Welcome to urban sketchers.
    see you.

  5. s
    November 22, 2008

    This is just absolutely beautiful.
    if was a little difficult to find the comment area on here
    otherwise, great work, outstanding I say

  6. annie
    November 29, 2008

    The sky is so beautiful and your paths and roads are always so enticing (“Come on, FOLLOW me!”)

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