Moonstone Beach Sunset Cambria Plein Air Oil Painting Seascape by Karen Winters

Moonstone Beach Sunset
6 x 8″ plein air study
oil on linen panel
April 2010

This past week I was up in Central California for a California Art Club paintout on San Luis Obispo Land Conservancy lands. The locations were beautiful, but we got rained out inland several days in a row. One day we headed for the coastline where the weather was very cold and windy but clear. At sunset I painted this small study.

How windy was it? Check out the front of my broad-brimmed hat, below. It doesn’t normally flip up in the air like that. It was also too windy to use my easel on a tripod so I held my EasyL easel on my lap. A furniture pad provided some padding and protection from the cold. Brrrrr. We finished off the evening with a dinner at a nearby Moonstone Beach restaurant, then headed back to our motel in SLO, to rest up for another day.


  1. Magali Lenarczak
    April 27, 2010

    Another very nice plein air, I love the sky colours you chose and appreciate even more that you posted a RIL picture.
    I know what you mean about the wind we are having some of that here in Washington also! must be coming from Alaska… so cold!

  2. nancy t
    April 27, 2010

    Your little painting is so beautiful! And windy – here in the mitten it’s very windy, too. And, the wind is cold – I’m thinking Magali is right – it must be from Alaska. …… I wish they wouldn’t share so much. lol nancy

  3. Revelle
    April 28, 2010

    Just beautiful! Never thought it was so small when I first looked at it. When I scrolled down I could see it’s actual size. You really suffered for this piece! But it was so worth it. Just beautiful.

  4. Ramona Davidson
    April 28, 2010

    Gorgeous colors. You really have something beautiful for all the cold and wind.

  5. Debra
    April 28, 2010

    Beautiful painting and colours

  6. Shobha
    May 1, 2010

    Very beautiful paintings!

  7. wendy
    May 6, 2010

    Wow, the French Lieutenant’s Woman looking over the sea!
    Lovely photo.

  8. Jo Castillo
    May 14, 2010

    This is great. I like the seascape, newer post, too. You have been doing great stuff while I have been awol! Nice work.

  9. Rob
    October 6, 2010

    Hi Karen,

    I was wondering what’s the size of your pochade box? 11″x14″ or 12″x16″?
    Is it heavy?

  10. Karen
    October 6, 2010

    Hi Rob, it’s 12 x 16″ – a VERSA made by Artworks Essentials. I love it. It’s not very heavy but you can get the exact weight on their site at Tell Peggy I said hi!

  11. Rob
    October 7, 2010

    Thank you Karen, I see many artists have Artworks Essentials or Open Box M.
    I can’t make my mind about the size. Bigger pochade means more space for color mixing but maybe it is more hassle to carry around. Oh, well…
    Thanks anyway!

  12. Karen
    October 7, 2010

    It’s really pretty light, Rob, I don’t like mixing on a little palette, as a rule – especially if I have multiple puddles going. That said, if I were to do any overseas traveling I’d definitely buy one of the smaller ones for convenience. But for car travel, hands down I like my wide VERSA.


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