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Garden at the Ranch – San Luis Obispo – California Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting by Karen Winters

February 12th, 2011

“Garden at the Ranch”
11 x 14 oil on linen panel
San Luis Obispo Central California Coast area

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I’m still catching up on posting a year’s worth of plein air paintings that didn’t get photographed when they were created. This one is from last May, 2010 at a California Art Club paint out at a friend’s ranch in the San Luis Obispo area. Although it was a gray day, the poppies and other California natives really shone through. In fact, maybe the grayness accented their colors. Our friend has a wonderful native plant garden that would rival any garden planted with cultivated non-natives. It’s drought tolerant and seems perfectly adapted to the environment – because it is!

An almost finished work in progress photo is below – thanks to my hubby for taking it. Yep, there’s that hat again.

7 Comments »

  1. beautiful work–and the hat I also love—seeing it on location was a treat–it shows so much how you’ve captured what was there…

    Comment by E J — February 24, 2011 @ 2:48 am
  2. I admire the freshness of your colors…and your hat, of course.

    Comment by Elza — February 24, 2011 @ 7:24 am
  3. I am always inspired here!

    Comment by raena — February 24, 2011 @ 10:46 am
  4. So beautiful! I liked seeing your palette too.

    Comment by Linda T — February 24, 2011 @ 4:06 pm
  5. Thank you all

    Comment by Karen — February 24, 2011 @ 4:26 pm
  6. Karen, the juxtaposition of the blue and orange complements light up the painting beautifully. That dull day didn’t seem to hamper your artist’s eye!

    Comment by Frankye — February 24, 2011 @ 9:04 pm
  7. It’s very beautiful, and the bright colors in the foreground just pop! nancy

    Comment by nancy t — February 26, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

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