Arroyo Pond – Arroyo Seco Painting – Karen Winters

Arroyo Pond – 12 x 16 oil on canvas

When the rains come, a part of the upper Arroyo Seco (in Hahmongna Park) can fill up with water, creating a seasonal pond. Here’s how it looked on one overcast day in early spring. I’m wondering what the current rainstorm will bring (this was from a few years ago.)

Conventional wisdom says that there should be a vertical element in a composition for balance when it is primarily horizontal, but in this case I think the purely horizontal format helps to reinforce the feeling of peace and tranquility. This view is from above Devils Gate – looking southward in the early morning in the direction of the Colorado Street Bridge. The hazy mist is typical when there’s a lot of moisture in the air.


  1. vivien
    January 27, 2008

    I think the blades of grass are enough for a vertical element in this case – nice painting :)

  2. Linda
    February 4, 2008

    Oh, this is perfect! I think the trail of light compels the eye to wander vertically from the foreground up to the background. This is my favorite type of landscape. :-)

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