Lake Casitas California Impressionist Landscape Oil Painting

Lake Casitas Sunset
16 x 20 oil on canvas

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One of the best bass fishing spots in California, so I’ve been told, is Lake Casitas in Ojai, not far from the Pacific Ocean and Carpinteria. The lake is formed by Casitas Dam and offers year round camping and other recreational activities. The day we were there it was late fall and more than a little crisp. I’m looking forward to returning again to be inspired by a different light and season.

What appealed to me about this location were the soft muted colors, slightly warmed by late afternoon light. Just an hour before or after it would not have revealed these jewel like tones.


  1. Katherine
    December 27, 2008

    What beautiful colours Karen – and beautifully painted.

    I’m just sitting her pondering on the my plan for 2009 and the value of drawing the same thing throughout the year at different times of day and in different seasons – and your post reminds me of how one location can look so very different depending on when you paint it.

  2. Jana Bouc
    December 27, 2008

    Jewel like colors beautifully captured!

  3. Anna T.
    December 27, 2008

    Nice painting as always – I really like your sense of colors!

  4. annie
    December 28, 2008

    All of us have picked up on those colors– as Jana says, jewels. And as Katherine says, such different things are seen in changing light.

  5. Lauren
    April 22, 2020

    Karen – is your oil painting of Lake Casitas still available?

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