Radiant Sea – Karen Winters Impressionist painting

“Radiant Sea” – oil on canvas – 16 x 20 inches

I think this is my one of my favorite paintings that I’ve done this year … and it’s headed for Descanso Gardens’ Christmas Show starting this Friday, December 7, along with Desert Sunrise and two other new paintings yet to be posted here. Because there are 15 artists in this show (everyone who’s shown in the previous year) I won’t be gallery sitting every day – only a day and a half. So, if you have a spare moment to stop by and say hi, drop me a note. I’ll know my schedule on Friday.

I don’t usually have time to do this, but I thought it would be fun to post some larger closeups of some of the areas in the painting. Click the thumbnails to enlarge.

The surf and sand reflect all the colors in the painting

The “silver lining” part was tricky. I guess this cloud has a golden lining.

Using fingers and rags to get this effect.


  1. Kate (Cathy) Johnson
    December 5, 2007

    Oh this is just LUSCIOUS. Really like how you handled the clouds and that hot glow just where the sun meets the sea.

  2. Shirley
    December 5, 2007

    Absolutely gorgeous Karen. The rays of light of even faintly visible.

  3. Karen
    December 5, 2007

    Thank you Kate and Shirley.
    Shirley, yes, and those rays were tricky to paint! It had to be done with a very light touch and then blended out so that the brushstrokes disappeared. I learned so much from painting this … things I had never experimented with before in quite this way.

  4. teric
    December 5, 2007

    This is so gorgeous I had to come over here and say it again :) This is just stunning!!!!! It is my all time favorite.

  5. Felicity
    December 6, 2007

    Karen, that is SPECTACULAR!! Definitely a favourite!

  6. Anita
    December 6, 2007

    Beautiful work!

  7. Jackie
    December 6, 2007

    That is absolutely stunning – I love it!

  8. jill
    December 6, 2007

    really breathtakingly beautiful and quite shocking compared to the more subdued colors/pictures/landscapes that you’ve posted recently. i was surprised to see one so brilliant, but it is just beautiful! but like everything else — you’ve handled it wonderfully! very impressive and you are an inspiration to me all the time.

  9. Tami
    December 6, 2007

    I can see why this is one of your favorites! This is stunning! I had to toast it with my coffee (grin).

  10. Brenda
    December 6, 2007

    Oh my goodness, Karen! This is one of your best – I LOVE it. I saw it first as a thumbnail on my flickr contacts where it’s brilliance shot out at me and then again it just jumped right out at me on the Daily Painters email — it was the best. Absolutely a glorious capture of light!!!

  11. sandy
    December 6, 2007

    WOW this is truly radiant!! Glorious

  12. Debbie Lincoln
    December 6, 2007

    Ditto, ditto and triple ditto. The most outstanding on the website.

  13. Bill Polm
    December 7, 2007

    Yes, indeed, a powerful painting. Impressive color (so much color in those clouds), and such a range of nicely harmonized color, working together so well. And some very impressive techniques too.
    By the way (#1) Congratulations on getting a painting into the Riverside Watercolor West show. A feat not easily accomplished (I was living in Brea when they started up Watercolor West there!). It confirms you’re on your way and heading in the right direction.
    By the way (#2) since your mention of Kevin Macpherson’s teaching, I have ordered his first book from Amazon (Acrylic painting can be close in technique to oils after all).
    By the way (#3), I though your color was very effective (rich and varied) in the just-prevous painting, can’t remember the title right now, but the one with a pathway through trees.
    Best Wishes at Descanso. I have painted there myself way back when.

  14. Michaela
    December 7, 2007

    Very good painting, the i like the colors.

  15. Mariana
    December 10, 2007

    Oh my Karen, this is truly gorgeous, I could look at it for hours! Brilliant work.

  16. Amber
    March 12, 2008

    I love this painting i JUST figured out what impressionist painting was, I am a student and I WANT ONE they are soo into detail with the colors and the sun beating on the ocean!
    – Cute
    – Details
    – Great Paintings
    All key to have a good painting with emotion

  17. kiera
    May 25, 2009

    i love you paintings i am a artist too but im only very small and im realy good too im not as good as you at all i love your ditals it allmost looks like im right thier its so cool!!!!!!!!!!!

    i love that you us dark and light colores i won’t one!!!!!!!

    i won’t to be like you wen i grow up

  18. Tracey
    October 22, 2009

    This is an amazing painting! I am in awe! The colors are so rich, the composition is so perfect and I love the “LIGHT” you captured! You are so very talented!

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