Cabo San Lucas – Los Arcos Oil Painting Seascape

Cabo San Lucas Seascape Oil Painting
16 x 20 oil on canvas

I’ve been working on a large commission of this same scene (in a 24 x 30 inch size) for a lovely client … and still have a few areas that I’m finishing up. In order to have something to paint over this past weekend at the bookstore, and to experiment with a few things, I painted the same scene in this 16 x 20 size. I don’t usually paint the same painting back to back, but this was a very useful experiment, and it also provided a little “performance art” for the people who came to the show.

So, for those folks who stopped by and picked up business cards during the show, thank you for visiting the show and now, my blog … and here’s how the painting turned out.

I have been tagged numerous times by different people in the 25 things game, and I’ve been so busy I haven’t gotten around to making the list. So instead I’m going to list a few things a day until the list is complete. I hope that counts!

1. I really don’t like heights. I don’t mind airplanes or tall buildings or big wide mountaintops but I feel very uncomfortable on tall stepladders or walking along trails with sheer cliffs or driving along ravines. Maybe I just don’t like heights when there’s the opportunity for falling.

2. I never owned a dog until 10 years ago, and I’m sorry we waited so long! I’ve turned into a real dog lover ( as well as a cat lover) and will happily pet and greet every friendly dog I encounter.


  1. Leslie Saeta
    February 23, 2009

    Lovely painting. I am glad the demo went well at the bookstore, sorry I couldn’t make it! I am curious, as you were painting the painting, did you make a lot of changes from the previous one? Your colors are so vibrant … are they the same in the other painting?

  2. Karen
    February 23, 2009

    Yes, they are pretty much the same. The client’s room is mostly neutral colors, beiges, creams, woods, etc. and she wanted a painting that would be the color spot in the room. I may very well paint it again using more neutralized colors. I love seascapes.

  3. Marian Fortunati
    February 23, 2009

    How interesting….
    So what will you do with the “smaller” one???…. or is that one sold as well. I’ll bet people were very interested in it all!!

  4. Karen
    February 23, 2009

    This smaller one is not sold, but I’m hoping that someone will like it and decide to give it a new home.

    I found it much easier to demo something that I had painted before (and which was fresh in my mind) instead of a new painting which requires a lot of concentration and problem-solving thinking.

  5. Leslie Saeta
    February 24, 2009

    I have never done a live demo … sounds like it would be very hard! But you paint like a pro so I am sure it comes easy for you.

  6. Delilah
    February 24, 2009

    Very nice work,great post.

  7. Karen
    February 24, 2009

    Leslie it wasn’t too difficult – I paint in public quite frequently. It is more difficult, I think, to explain what one is doing while painting. In this case I just painted and talked about other things.

  8. Karen Phipps
    February 25, 2009

    You are one brave woman to paint a demo!!
    The light in this painting is so striking!

  9. Leslie Saeta
    February 26, 2009

    How long have you been painitng live demos? It can’t be much different than teaching. Have you ever taught a painting class or thought about teaching? When I paint I like lots of distractions near my studio … television, kids, their friends, music, whatever. I guess I am afraid I will stress out if I focus too much (or not paint lose enough). I am not sure, but I bet that is not normal for most artists …

  10. Karen
    February 26, 2009

    I’ve been demoing for a couple of years – every time that I have a Descanso show, for example, I take my easel and paints and paint in public. I’m not teaching exactly, just painting in public and I’m happy to explain what I’m doing to the people who stop by. Distractions don’t bother me too much when I’m painting in oil – it’s much more difficult in watercolor because the drying time is such a critical factor. But I can stop what I’m doing with an oil painting and get right back into it. If it’s a plein air painting, that’s a different story because time is critical and the light is changing fast. This Cabo painting was clearly not a plein air painting in the bookstore, though, LOL!

    Yes, I get a lot of requests to teach. I might do a workshop for beginners some time. I don’t think I want to tie myself down to a regular schedule, though, because it would prevent travel and other painting opportunities.

  11. Karen
    February 26, 2009

    Thank you, Karen P …
    I think I get more out of it than the visitors do – it’s such a good exercise and it really forces me to articulate things about my art that I might not do otherwise. It’s also a good way to hear what the buying public thinks about what we do – most people have never seen a painting being painted – only the finished work.

  12. Joy
    May 27, 2009

    Where can I purchase your paintings, and what is the pricing? I LOVE THIS!

  13. jon
    January 24, 2011

    gorgeous painting. I would love a copy if availalbe for sale?

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