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California plein air landscape painting – Eaton Canyon Waters – Karen Winters

January 23rd, 2010

Eaton Canyon Waters
9 x 12 in.
oil on archival linen panel
SOLD but I have more Pasadena Paintings

This morning, after days of gray skies and pouring rain, we woke up to bright blue skies and snow in the San Gabriel Mountains above us. I knew the watershed of Eaton Canyon would be filled with flowing streams, and I was determined to go see for myself. My original intention was just to get a few photos (my ankle is still healing and long standing is uncomfortable) but I knew I would kick myself if the scene looked highly paintable and I had left my plein air gear at home. So I packed the car and headed out, and was not disappointed. The mountains were a palette of soft blues, grays and violets and water was coursing among the big boulders. I resisted climbing down the bank – I don’t want to sprain myself again – but set up my easel along one of the trails.

A photographer came by on a hike and kindly took a photo of me with my camera. (Thanks, Miguel!) He shot a batch himself with his Canon – I’m looking forward to seeing them.

Days like this are just made for plein air painting. Although I was plenty weary toward the end of the afternoon painting (#2 painting for the day) I was in my element.


I used a hand-held palette today instead of my usual glass one. I found it easier to match color when I could hold it up parallel to the plane of the canvas.

2 Comments »

  1. Karen, beautiful painting. Looks like you had a good time. Nice to see you at work.

    Comment by Jo Castillo — January 24, 2010 @ 9:56 am
  2. It was so great seeing you last night, Karen. Thanks to you and Glenn for coming to the show.
    This is another wonderful painting. Lucky you for getting out to create it!

    I LOVE Eaton Canyon. -Wish it was closer to me .. I’d be there more frequently.

    Comment by Marian Fortunati — January 24, 2010 @ 10:20 am

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