Sailing Home – Karen Winters Daily Painting

“Sailing Home” – 16 x 20 – oil on canvas – SOLD

This is the next in my marine series – and I am discovering new things with each one that I do. This time my objective was to experiment with some atmospheric effects. Unlike the previous painting, the palette is considerably more limited, with values designed to create a more dramatic presence.

Now, I know that some people will object to the dark and turbulent clouds. But when you think about it, when do you appreciate the sun the most? On a mild blue-sky day – or when it finally breaks through after a storm? So there’s my Deep Thought of the day.

Anyway, tomorrow is the opening of Watercolor West’s annual show and reception, I’ve been looking forward to this occasion for a long time, seeing my painting hung and visiting with friends. I’m sure it will be wonderful and I hope the weather will cooperate. It’s at the Riverside Art Museum in Riverside, California if you’re in Southern California and are looking for an art filled way to spend the afternoon.

On other art fronts, our holiday Descanso show is being hung today. There was a lot of good work I saw this morning, and is a second good reason to visit Descanso other than the camellias now in bloom!


  1. Donn
    December 7, 2007

    WOW! That’s outstanding, Karen. I’m partial to seascapes anyway, but this is really georgeous. It’s amazing what you can do in oils that can’t be done in another medium.

  2. hue
    December 7, 2007

    great work. the dark clouds are well balanced.

  3. Felicity
    December 8, 2007

    I can’t imagine anyone would object to the turbulent skies in such a wonderful painting! Another winner!

  4. Tami
    December 8, 2007

    Wow, Karen! I love the sun breaking through, makes me feel relieved for the folks in the boat! Beautiful, once again!!!

  5. Casey
    December 8, 2007

    Wow! What an explosion of color!

  6. wendy
    December 8, 2007

    How dark and dramatic it is. Great stuff. I saw a sky like this a couple of weeks ago (from a Maccas car park!) and tried to sketch it but my pic was pathetic. It needs care and some thinking how to get the effect of light and darkness.

  7. martha
    December 9, 2007

    Simply stunning!

  8. sandy
    December 10, 2007

    Wow this is quite spiritual to me – Great work again!

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