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Pasadena Rose Bowl Painting – First Night Fireworks – Pasadena Pops

September 17th, 2010

“First Night Fireworks
Pasadena Pops at the Rose Bowl”

16 x 12 oil on wood panel

See more Pasadena and Rose Bowl paintings here

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.

12 Comments »

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

    Comment by Marsha Baker — September 17, 2010 @ 7:50 pm
  2. wow this is amazing I love the color in the fire works you captured them very well

    Comment by Kevin — September 17, 2010 @ 8:01 pm
  3. It’s awesome! It’s got so much depth and so much to admire

    Comment by Alex Tan — September 17, 2010 @ 8:01 pm
  4. Wow, Your firework painting is amazing. I love the explosion of colour and how you can see the silhouette of the trees.

    Comment by Jessicca — September 18, 2010 @ 3:45 am
  5. I’ve always wondered if it was possible to paint a firework display… now I know! Brilliant colour and light.

    Comment by Cathy — September 18, 2010 @ 5:31 am
  6. This is so vibrant and shows the enthusiasm of the moment.

    Comment by Sandra Torguson — September 18, 2010 @ 8:21 am
  7. 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.
    annie

    Comment by annie — September 18, 2010 @ 8:23 am
  8. Very well done! Congratulations on the recognition you are getting.

    Comment by Janene — September 18, 2010 @ 9:22 am
  9. Wow! This is amazing!! The colors, the contrast, the composition – it’s just beautiful!! nancy

    Comment by nancy t — September 18, 2010 @ 10:36 am
  10. Love it, Karen… Such a good vision!!!!

    Really nice!

    Comment by Marian Fortunati — September 18, 2010 @ 11:59 am
  11. Congratulations! So well deserved! Lovely painting!

    Comment by Raena — September 18, 2010 @ 2:02 pm
  12. Others have used it before me, but truly amazing work. Congratulations.

    Comment by donna — September 20, 2010 @ 10:36 am

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