Good Morning, La Canada Flintridge

“Good Morning, La Canada”
9″ x 12″ oil on canvas on board

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In our small town, the streets aren’t usually this deserted in the morning, but during the holidays and early weekend mornings there’s definitely less traffic. I decided to leave out the random cars for the sake of reducing clutter.

La Canada Flintridge is a “bedroom” community of Los Angeles. Just 20 minutes or so from downtown, Foothill Blvd. is our main street. This is a view of the corner of Foothill and Oakwood, quite near the Vons market on the left, and La Canada Presbyterian Church on the right (that’s the spire that’s visible.)

After all the paintings I’ve done of Pasadena, the Arroyo Seco, Eaton Canyon, Hahamongna Park, Glendale, Descanso Gardens and other local sites, it’s really about time I got around to painting more of LC itself.

The last time I painted a vertical cityscape it was El Molino Avenue in Pasadena, near the Pasadena Playhouse. This one. So maybe it’s about time for another one.


  1. Marian Fortunati
    December 31, 2008

    You’re right…
    There’s rarely a time to see empty streets. Love the thickness of this too!
    Happy New Year, Karen.

  2. Bill
    December 31, 2008

    Nice work, Karen, a striking painting, very colorful. I’m impressed, once again, at your ability to get the color of light, the sunlight on the side of the building, and the shadows elsewhere. It all feels right. Beautiful!

  3. Timaree
    January 1, 2009

    Happy New Year. It’s hard to imagine anyplace in California without traffic but my daughter’s children remarked on the lack of it when we went out for lunch today in Simi Valley. Her brother-in-law is a teacher at a high school in La Canada.

  4. chris hack
    January 13, 2009

    a gorgeous piece… wonderful colours and composition. amazing work.

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