Way of the Oak – California Impressionist Landscape Oil Painting of Oak Tree on Trail – by Karen Winters

“The Way of the Oak”
12 x 16 oil on canvas

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This graceful old oak arches over a trail on Eaton Canyon, beckoning the hiker to walk under the arch and continue their journey. Scenes like this are typical of trails all over California, though. From the Arroyo Seco of Pasadena, the Cerro Gordo campgrounds of California’s Central Coast, the equestrian trails of La Canada, where I live, and the trails of Irvine Park, Malibu Creek State Park, Agoura, and more. I’ve seen so many places like this that it is truly iconic of California, especially in the springtime when the grasses are still fresh and only beginning to turn to gold.


  1. annie
    April 28, 2011

    As I wrote on Face Book, this is so lovely. I really like the light and shadows, Karen.

  2. Apple
    May 2, 2011

    This painting is awesome!! I love the colors in it! :)

  3. Jane
    May 6, 2011

    What a lovely painting. So calm and tranquil. Beautiful!

  4. Arold Augustin
    June 10, 2011

    This painting is beautiful. I like the way you draw the tree.

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