Descanso Rose Garden Pathway

Descanso Rose Garden Pathway
8 x 10 oil on canvas on board
Available for sale.

This painting has evolved through the years. It started as an oil sketch a few years ago, but I put it away, dissatisfied. Today, with a few miles under my brush, I took it out again and revisited the subject. I’ve noticed differences in how I paint certain subjects. I’m more aware of color in shadows, and I tend to paint masses of leaves and flowers rather than just individual blossoms. I’m more likely to change the scene from “what is” to “what could be.” And I am more inclined to simplify and not to put in every bench and bud if it doesn’t add to the composition. The painting is wet so I had to filter it a little bit to get rid of all the distracting specks from the indoor light. When it’s dry I’ll either scan it or take it outside on a non-rainy day and shoot it in light shade or indirect north light. Which is to say, it’s a bit crisper than this.

If you’re interested in this painting, please write. My email is at the top left of this blog.

Comments

  1. christian
    February 9, 2009

    You are clearly a very talented artist, and I just wanted to thank you for sharing your art paintings with us.

  2. Casey
    February 9, 2009

    I love the warm feeling of this.

  3. Timaree
    February 9, 2009

    Isn’t that a pretty one. It looks especially nice since we are having all this much needed rain making our days so gray.

  4. Leslie Saeta
    February 9, 2009

    Great painting Karen! I think the colors are beautiful!

  5. Pete,Theartbrush
    February 9, 2009

    My what a beautiful place to take a stroll. well painted
    Pete,Theartbrush

  6. Bill
    February 11, 2009

    Karen, I like all your work, including the last three. For me, this one stands out. I think it is the mix of warm and cool colors. Certainly the composition works also, and I like that bit of foreground detail in the flowers.
    I too have gone back to paintings I did years before, and found that looking at them, I can see areas that I can now do better. This in encouraging since it makes real my progress, which of course, day to day, is not often that apparent. And then when I go ahead and make the improvements, it’s very satisfying. Glad to see you have done this too.

  7. jay
    July 9, 2009

    The work is beautiful. calm, peaceful in quality

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