California Landscape Oil Painting – Hansen Dam Willows

Hansen Dam Willows
14 x 18 oil on canvas

Like most seasons in Southern California, signs of the season don’t follow a predictable pattern. This, for example is what early winter looks like at Hansen Dam, about 15 minutes from our house. To most people it would look like fall. But no, in fall the trees are still green. Because of our short seasons, however, spring is likely to come early. Our ash tree lost its leaves after Christmas in one rain and windstorm. Within a few days green leaves were making their appearance. It’s weird. I know.

We lack a full season of snow, gray and restful quiet but we do gain extra months in which to paint growing things, like these fall beauties gracefully shedding their leaves with every passing breeze.

Today’s reception for the new members of Pasadena Society of Artists was wonderful. It was a terrific opportunity to meet new friends and catch up with old friends, talk some busienss and enjoy a lot of beautiful art. The show runs until January 29 … so if you’re in LA, I hope you’ll have a chance to stop by and see some of the things we’ve created. We were each asked to bring one painting to the show – a painting that was one of the three we presented when we were juried in. Because two of those paintings have sold (Castle Green Balcony and Under Autumn Skies) and the third is currently in a California Art Club show at the Blinn House – instead I took this one … Dana Point Headlands, 18x 24 oil.


  1. Jana Bouc
    January 24, 2009

    Your work is so consistently wonderful! I love the beautiful impressionistic light and color in both of these and the way they capture the light and mood of the scene. I am seeing a whole new level of vision in your colors.

  2. Diane
    January 25, 2009

    That just glows. Amazing. Your work is only getting better and incredible. Thank you.

  3. Leslie Saeta
    January 25, 2009

    This really is a beautiful painting! It was wonderful talking to you today at the reception. Thanks for all of your support!

  4. Marian Fortunati
    January 25, 2009

    I was sorry I missed it yesterday, Karen. Things came up as usual. I WILL make it one of these days. I’m glad it was a great event!

  5. Malinda
    January 26, 2009

    Wonderful work Karen! So nice to see it all again and see the progress you’ve made in your oils the last half-year! The California Impressionist style suits you well!

  6. Jackie
    January 28, 2009

    That is really lovely. I joined the facebook page today.

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