Bishop Sierra Painting – First Snow – California landscape art by Karen Winters

“First Snow at Bishop”
9 x 12
Sierra Nevada oil painting – Bishop, California


More Sierra Nevada paintings here

The first snow of the year falls on Mt. Tom and Basin Mountain, west of Bishop, California. The cold crisp morning was unforgettable as the storm clouds lifted to reveal a white mantle over the peaks. Alpenglow …. ahhhh. The wildflowers of the Owens Valley seemed to shiver in the predawn chill – and so did I!

My main outdoor show season is now over as I make plans to do winter plein air painting throughout the state – and to burrow into the studio to do some large paintings based upon previous plein air studies. These are good times, feeling creative and energetic.

I’m finishing up several commissions right now, but will have time to start on new ones as soon as these are complete.


  1. annie
    December 9, 2010

    Lovely with that rose, Karen. Looking forward to your winter wonderland of new vistas.


  2. Jo
    December 9, 2010

    Karen, this is so lovely. I really like mountains and you have captured them, the atmosphere and depth so well. Sorry I’m not around much. I do look all the time. :)

  3. Karen
    December 12, 2010

    Thanks Jo and Annie

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