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California Plein Air Painting – Blue Heron Lake

May 19th, 2009

Blue Heron Lake
9 x 12 oil on linen panel

This is another of the plein air paintings I did a month or so ago on our trip up through Central California. A small lake, with trees leaning down to touch the water. Yes, it was cold out there. Snow on the mountains and the wind whipped down and chilled us to the bone. One of the many other challenges of plein air painting is reflections in water. Every time the wind moves, the ripple pattern on the water changes, and that changes what is reflected and what is not. Still water reflects. Ruffled disturbed water does not. But changing wind currents puts the reflections in different places, see? At some point you just have to settle with one thing. Although this is named Blue Heron Lake, I didn’t see any that day. Maybe I’ll paint one in sometime. I have plenty of reference photos of herons in other locations, including at Descanso Gardens.

9 Comments »

  1. Lovely spot. Your painting captures it perfectly!

    Comment by Ann — May 19, 2009 @ 1:22 pm
  2. Your work is quite beautiful!

    Comment by JJ — May 19, 2009 @ 2:02 pm
  3. This is perfect! The reflection captured on the waters, the sky and the clouds, the shadows of the trees… marvelous!

    Comment by Alex Tan — May 19, 2009 @ 9:16 pm
  4. A lovely painting – I can see from the photograph that you have really captured the ‘feel’ of the scene.

    Comment by Margaret Caton — May 20, 2009 @ 12:54 am
  5. Beautiful painting- I like the mountains in the background.

    Comment by Anna T. — May 21, 2009 @ 7:50 am
  6. Very nice, Karen, — as always. I think it’s great how you’ve got the painting and the reference of you painting the painting!!

    Comment by Marian Fortunati — May 22, 2009 @ 8:14 am
  7. Awsome! your painted water looks “waterier” than the water!

    Comment by lyn — May 29, 2009 @ 5:16 pm
  8. I first time visit in this post. Good painting.

    Comment by Maria — June 5, 2009 @ 7:52 am
  9. Karen, I’ve finally started painting plein air in oils and I love them…well love and hate. This is a beautiful plein air and the reflections is lovely!

    You really have a lovely way of capturing your part of the world.

    Don’t look for my oil quiet yet!!! Not ready for prime time quiet yet!!

    Comment by lindsay — June 12, 2009 @ 5:40 pm

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