Valley Girls – Landscape oil painting – Cows on ranch in Central California

Valley Girls
8 x 10
oil on canvas on birch panel


This painting is the result of a test of a new panel I’m working on – a very fine canvas, primed for oil painting and then attached to a birch panel with acid-free archival glue. I didn’t have time to get out today so I used some reference sketches and photos to compose this peaceful scene of a valley in central California.

Although I like the “spring” of stretched canvas, these panels are very light, portable and good for plein air studies.

As I painted this, it started to have sort of a folk art feeling, so rather than fighting it, I just went with it and had fun with the process.


  1. Aarti Harish
    April 15, 2009

    Hi Karen..what a lovely and peaceful landscape…!!

  2. Chris
    April 15, 2009

    What a lovely painting! So peaceful.

  3. Jo Castillo
    April 15, 2009

    I just love these girls. Great painting.

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