Arroyo Seco Colorado Street Bridge – Pasadena – California Impressionist Painting by Karen Winters

11 x 14 oil on canvas

“Arroyo Afternoon”
Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena, late afternoon in early fall


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There are few places that I enjoy returning to again and again as much as Pasadena’s Arroyo Seco where the majestic Colorado Street Bridge is framed by oaks, sycamores and those ever present eucalyptuses. In this painting my objective was to capture the warm glow of the earth and grees in contrast to the cool light bouncing off the landmark bridge.

I have a story connected to the bridge, also. Many years ago, we were producing a segment on Nightmares for a national TV newsmagazine show. We wanted to simulate a fear of falling and so lowered a small film camera (film rolling) off the bridge. The special effect truly created a feeling of vertigo. No brick or mortar was harmed in the making of that film


  1. Annie
    September 10, 2008

    The lights are sparkling, Karen. I do love it when you play with light and shadow. And what a great story about that bridge.

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