Arroyo Seco Trail – Pasadena California Landscape Oil Painting

Arroyo Seco Trail
16 x 20 inches
Oil on Canvas
SOLD to a collector from Pasadena

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This painting of the Arroyo Seco, featuring the Colorado Street Bridge, will be available starting May 17 at Gale’s Restaurant in Pasadena, where I will be having a solo show from mid May until early July. I will likely be using it on my postcard, so I need to hold it for the show.

Spring and fall are my favorite seasons in California, and I’d have a hard time deciding which I prefer. Fall is great for the foliage in the Sierras, but spring is wonderful for wildflowers and just the feeling of lush abundance.

I’m not sure about the name of the plant that has purple flowers. I’m guessing that it’s a ceanothus but I can’t be sure. If there’s a botanist in the house and you happen to take a walk down by the bridge, maybe you could ID it and let me know. (It’s not a garden lilac because they’re not in bloom yet and it didn’t have a lilac scent.) Maybe a native lilac species?

Once a month the California Art Club comes to the arroyo to paint. I’m usually busy on those days but this month I think I’ll try to join in the paint out with my CAC friends. It’s just the most beautiful time of the year, I think.

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  1. Nina Kuriloff
    March 22, 2009

    This is a beautiful landscape painting!

  2. Kathy Yaude
    March 22, 2009

    You do wonderful work Karen.
    Best, Kathy

  3. Karen
    March 22, 2009

    Thanks, Nina and Kathy

  4. Rock Kyndl
    March 22, 2009

    This is one beautiful painting.

  5. Leslie Saeta
    March 23, 2009

    What a lovely painting! I can’t wait until your show. Be sure and remind us all about the opening at Gale’s!

  6. Jan
    March 23, 2009

    This is exquisite, Karen!

  7. Bill
    March 24, 2009

    This one really shows maturity, Karen. The lovely complementary accent in the lavender flowers and the shadows on the trail. It looks as if I could just walk there toward the bridge. And I want to! Such subtle and effective variation in the greens, and such careful restraint with the dark accents. It reads impressionistic and real! Well Done!

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