Soaring – California Landscape Oil Painting – Karen Winters

16 x 12 oil on canvas

We’re finally getting rain in Southern California – a welcome change from the excessive drought of this past year. I hope that it is sufficient to sink down deep and nourish the parched root systems of all of our plants. They could use a good long drink. I’m optimistic that it will bring rushing water to our local canyons and snow to the mountains, for purely painterly reasons. Landslides we can do without and I suppose in keeping with the old adage that you have to break eggs to make an omelette, you have to suffer the consequences of rain to benefit from the bounty. Now it’s time for me to get back to the easel, finish up my Christmas commissions and get busy on some new work.

This past weekend was enjoyable in every way. Every night I had a different reception to go to where my work and the work of fellow artists was being shown. Friday night provided a good turnout at Carter Sexton Gallery on Laurel Canyon Blvd. near Magnolia. The paintings will hang until the beginning of January. Saturday night took us to the Segil Gallery in Monrovia, where I was thrilled to see that my Arroyo Reflections painting sold during the reception. Sunday night was a treat in every way at the California Art Club show at the Women’s City Club of Pasadena. Seeing old friends and making new ones is always delightful and among the reasons that I love being in that show.

Next week, I will be exhibiting a collection of paintings with the Pasadena Society of Artists at the Artists Choice Exhibition (ACE) in Silver Lake. [Citibank Art Space 2450 Glendale Blvd. (Northeast corner of Glendale Blvd and Silverlake Blvd.) There will be salons associated with the event where you can meet the artists – date TBA – and the closing reception will be Saturday, January 16, 2010 – 6pm to 8 pm.

I will also be showing and selling new work at a mini Descanso Gardens show December 19-20 (Sat-Sun) from 9 am to 4 pm, in the Birch Room, close to the entrance of the gardens.


  1. Jo Castillo
    December 7, 2009

    Great saturated colors, I think the clouds and damp create them. I also like your knitting below. :)

  2. Susan
    December 8, 2009

    Gorgeous sky here. Lovely painting Karen.

  3. Marian Fortunati
    December 8, 2009

    It was a glorious weekend, wasn’t it???

    Loved seeing your work each night and congrats on your sale!!!

  4. annie
    December 8, 2009

    Congrats on the rain, Karen, and may you get long, gentle ones that soak up and don’t rush off and cause slides. I do worry about California, Australia and here in Texas. Congrats also on your shows.

    These clouds are wonderful and leave me soaring like those birds, and I really enjoy the enlargement of them.

  5. Becky Joy
    December 11, 2009

    Karen, Wonderful piece. Love your skies.

  6. carole
    December 21, 2009

    Hi Karen, This is breathtakingly gorgeous! I love that sky, and the contrast with the dark green trees. I can just imagine being there, absorbed in watching those soaring birds.

  7. Ishrath
    April 27, 2010

    Subtle yet strong.

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