El Molino Afternoon – First Place – Pasadena Artwalk painting contest 2008

El Molino Afternoon SOLD
11 x 14 oil on board
First Place, 2008 Pasadena Artwalk “Life in the Theater District” competition

Remember a few months back when I said I was in a painting frenzy, getting ready for all sorts of shows and competitions? You might have even seen this painting here on my blog at that time. Well, this is one of the shows that I was painting for, and last night the news was announced that this urban cityscape was given First Place by the judging committee, along with a VERY nice cash prize and certificate. (Thank you, judging committee, and thank you Playhouse District Merchants’ Association for your generosity.)

If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know that cityscapes aren’t a frequent subject of mine – I lean more toward seascapes and sycamores. But I also enjoy a good challenge and this contest gave me the opportunity to experiment in an architectural vein.

The Pasadena Artwalk is an annual show, now in its third year, which will take place on October 11 in the Pasadena Playhouse Theater District on El Molino Street. This painting presents a point of view looking toward Colorado Blvd (yes, where the floats go by on New Years’ Day).

If you’re in the LA area two weeks from now, please come say hello. I’ll have new paintings and prints on display including this one.


  1. Brenda
    September 26, 2008

    Oh Karen!! This is “walking on clouds” news!! Congratulations and SO WELL deserved!!! I absolutely would be there on the 11th, but will be out of state visiting family – :(( (that’s a double frown)
    I will certainly be thinking of you and wishing you even more good results in all your upcoming exhibits. I’ll be home in time for the Art Expo and maybe we’ll bump into each other there.

  2. Jenny
    September 26, 2008

    Recognition and cash are always nice, tangible rewards for all of your hard work! You deserve first place with your beautiful painting, and I am so happy for you. Congratulations!

  3. MaryO
    September 26, 2008

    Heartiest congratulations, i’ts so good to see good painting being rewarded! Hope there’ll be many more prizes to come for you.

  4. teric
    September 26, 2008

    Congratulations Karen!!! This is so different for you. challenges are a good thing.

  5. delph
    September 26, 2008

    I remember that painting, it was one of the first I saw of you and I was awed by it. You deserve the rewards, your art is fantastic and this piece is awesome!

  6. Shirley
    September 26, 2008

    I love your cityscape and have always been partial to paintings in which you add some architectural focus. FABULOUS!!

  7. Barbara Weeks
    September 26, 2008

    Congratulations! Well deserved!

  8. Jana Bouc
    September 26, 2008

    The composition is absolutely stunning! Such wonderful color and depth. Congratulations!!!!

  9. PainterWoman
    September 26, 2008

    Congratulations!! Not only is this more urban than you usually do, but it came across as much more contemporary. Great composition.
    The courtyard behind Vromans would make a good subject… or some of the “alleys” on the north end of Old Town… as I remember.

  10. Timaree (freebird)
    September 27, 2008

    Congratulations. It’s a really nice painting. Recognition of your work is always a wonderful addition isn’t it?

  11. nina johansson
    September 28, 2008

    Congratulations, Karen, well done and well deserved! I love the painting!

  12. Jo Castillo
    September 28, 2008

    Karen, this is so wonderful. Congratulations. Wish I could come to see the show.

  13. Cathy (Kate) Johnson
    September 29, 2008

    Well TOO COOL. I love the painting too, no wonder it won first place…

  14. popoy
    September 30, 2008

    now i see..
    it was a creative blog…

    keep it up


  15. Marian Fortunati
    September 30, 2008

    WOW, lady, You’re really racking them up!! Congratulations.
    I need to tell you that your painting a while back of the matilija poppy got me thinking… I really liked the way you included color in the white petals, so I tried my hand at painting a small flower. Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Casey
    October 3, 2008

    Congratulations on your first place – this painting certainly deserved it.

  17. Cafe Pasadena
    May 23, 2009

    KW, I like this award winner of yours.
    I can see the Zona Rosa coffeehouse in the distance.
    Seems you live in Pasadena (?)

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