Pasadena Rose Bowl Painting – First Night Fireworks – Pasadena Pops

“First Night Fireworks
Pasadena Pops at the Rose Bowl”

16 x 12 oil on wood panel

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This painting is the 2nd place winner of the 2010 Pasadena Artwalk Competition. The Artwalk will be held Saturday, October 9, from 10 – 5 pm on El Molino Street in Pasadena, between Colorado Blvd. and Green Street.

The theme of this year’s Artwalk competition was “Art and Culture in Pasadena.” Because the Pasadena Pops and Pasadena Symphony orchestras bring so much cultural richness to the city, I decided to paint the closing act of the first show of the 2010 season. This year, the Pops is at a new venue on the lawn next to the Rose Bowl and fireworks provided an exciting finish to the June concert. I have not painted fireworks before (and this was a studio painting, not from life) but it was a lot of fun to do. Who knows, there may be other explosions in my future. Look closely and you’ll see that of course, there are eucalyptus trees in it – silhouetted by the pyrotechnics.

In 2008, this painting of mine, “El Molino Afternoon,” took First Prize and went home with a nice family who lived on the street.


  1. Marsha Baker
    September 17, 2010

    Congratulatins! What a wonderful painting. It really captures the essence. I’ve always been afraid to try. Great job! Marsha

  2. Kevin
    September 17, 2010

    wow this is amazing I love the color in the fire works you captured them very well

  3. Alex Tan
    September 17, 2010

    It’s awesome! It’s got so much depth and so much to admire

  4. Jessicca
    September 18, 2010

    Wow, Your firework painting is amazing. I love the explosion of colour and how you can see the silhouette of the trees.

  5. Cathy
    September 18, 2010

    I’ve always wondered if it was possible to paint a firework display… now I know! Brilliant colour and light.

  6. Sandra Torguson
    September 18, 2010

    This is so vibrant and shows the enthusiasm of the moment.

  7. annie
    September 18, 2010

    Congratulations, Karen…What a brilliant display. Like Cathy I wondered whether it was possible to really paint fireworks, but this is beyond words. And your tree silhouettes are just perfect.

    El Molino has found a home. And nearby. I like that. It was also one of my favorites–I was fascinated by the structure. Kept looking and looking. again.

  8. Janene
    September 18, 2010

    Very well done! Congratulations on the recognition you are getting.

  9. nancy t
    September 18, 2010

    Wow! This is amazing!! The colors, the contrast, the composition – it’s just beautiful!! nancy

  10. Marian Fortunati
    September 18, 2010

    Love it, Karen… Such a good vision!!!!

    Really nice!

  11. Raena
    September 18, 2010

    Congratulations! So well deserved! Lovely painting!

  12. donna
    September 20, 2010

    Others have used it before me, but truly amazing work. Congratulations.

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