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Descanso Gardens Lily Pond – California Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting

September 9th, 2009

Descanso Lily Pond
9 x 12
oil on canvas – plein air painting, Sept. 2009

I can’t believe that in all the time I’ve been painting Descanso Gardens that I haven’t painted this lily pond which is near the front gate. There used to be two sculptural fishes that formed a fountain, but I have been told that they are no longer in service due to drought issues. I hope that they will return some time in the future, although they may not have been too visible at this angle.

What I loved about this view was the crepe myrtle (pink flowering) tree which was in full bloom and casting its reflection in the pond. The bench awaits a person to come for a moment of meditation.


My thanks to Ed F. for taking this picture and sending it to me. I appreciate it! Note to self, after taking off straw hat, remember to use hairbrush before photo op. [grin].

This Sunday, I’ll be showing my work at the Redondo Beach Art by the Sea Artwalk, specific details to come. Artists will be setting up along the boardwalk/bike path at the parking lot level. I’ll try to get some better instructions. It’s in the general area of the pier, but not on the pier.

5 Comments »

  1. Are you saying that the air quality has improved and you are actually outside, painting this lovely scene, Karen, or is this from your friend’s photo?

    Whatever, it is a lovely painting, and I would love to be sitting on that bench.
    annie

    Comment by annie — September 10, 2009 @ 9:14 am
  2. Annie, that is a photo of me painting at the pond. The sky is very nice and blue again where we are.

    Comment by Karen — September 10, 2009 @ 9:23 am
  3. I love the tree and sky reflections in the pond, Karen!!

    It was good seeing you yesterday.

    Comment by Marian Fortunati — September 10, 2009 @ 2:23 pm
  4. Now I see what you look like–and I could have gone down to the pier and seen you, but I realized you were here too late.

    I haven’t stopped by for a long time, but your art is even more spectacular than I recalled. I’ll stop by more often.

    Comment by Fran aka Redondowriter — September 13, 2009 @ 9:05 pm
  5. Lovely painting.
    Those colors; the reflections…

    So peaceful and meditative.
    Cheers, Doug

    Comment by Douglas Fireman — September 14, 2009 @ 9:34 pm

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