Pasadena bridge landscape oil painting – Arroyo Springtime

Arroyo Springtime
Pasadena’s Colorado Street Bridge painting
16 x 20 oil on canvas

This painting has been sold but I have others. Please write.

See more Pasadena paintings here

This painting, of Pasadena’s Colorado Street Bridge in the setting of the Arroyo Seco, is one of my favorite renditions of the area so far. Because it is so close to my home, I can visit frequently and observe the changing foliage through the seasons. In the springtime the wide meadow leading down to the river is covered with wild mustard. The mustard is an invasive imported species, not a native, so it tends to crowd out the indigenous plants. But it does lend a beautiful color to these open areas when the light strikes it just so.

Every time we go down there we see something different and interesting. One time it was ranger on horseback patrolling to make sure that dogs were on-leash. Another time it was a group of people with a flock of (leashed) goats. Never a dull moment in the arroyo!

My show at Gale’s has been going very well. So far three paintings have been sold, and I’ve replaced them with new ones. You can see some of the sold paintings in the left hand column at

This weekend we’re going to the reception of the On Location in Malibu show, presented by the California Art Club. I’m sure it will be a wonderful event as all of their shows are. Art, Malibu, hanging out with painters … what could be better?


  1. Susan
    May 22, 2009

    Ahhhhhhhh Karen…pURe magic! Sublime.

  2. Cafe Pasadena
    May 22, 2009

    Very interesting painting, to say de least. Get more angles of the bridge.
    You have a distinctive style.

  3. Timaree
    May 23, 2009

    Very nice Karen. I like the sharpness of the bridge plus how you can see a little more of it beyond the main part. That big old blue gum eucalyptus is great too.

  4. Jan
    May 23, 2009

    Oh, I love this rendition, Karen. The eucalyptus tree is amazing!

    Congratulations on your art sales at Gale’s!

  5. Vicki
    May 23, 2009

    Excellent painting. Detail of bridge enhances overall presentation.

  6. Karen
    May 23, 2009

    Thanks everyone – Cafe, yes, I have several other bridge paintings and all but this one are at Gale’s from now until July 10.

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