Arroyo Seco Eucalyptus – Pasadena – Daily Oil Painting by Karen Winters

“Arroyo Seco Eucalyptus” 9 x 12 oil on canvas

Not too long ago I did a plein air watercolor sketch of this beautiful eucalyptus which stands along one of the pathways in Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco. The morning light was bouncing off of the ground and causing some of the ragged hanging bark to glow with rich warm tones. A smaller shrub was struck by the sunlight and shimmered in pale chartreuse. Although my objective had been to paint the bridge, I couldn’t resist this combination, which I have now turned into an oil painting.

Tomorrow (Sunday, May 11) I will be painting en plein air at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena (formerly the Ritz Carlton Huntington.) Look for me on the balcony near the Tea Room, enjoying the fresh air and beauty of the grounds. I’m hoping for blue sunny skies – and if they don’t happen, I’ll invent some!


  1. Diana Marshall
    May 11, 2008

    Just found your website while browsing Daily painters web ring. Just stopped by to say I love your paintintings especially the oil paintings. They have a certain luminosity about them and you use colour very expertly, which gives your paintings such warmth and interest.
    Regards Diana

  2. rhonda hurwitz
    May 12, 2008

    I love the look of this tree;the colors, the sky holes and the way you captured the light are wonderful.

  3. Marian Fortunati
    June 13, 2008

    Another GORGEOUS one!! WOW!! … no wonder it sold.
    A question… how do you put the watermark “signature” across your images?

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