Drifters in the Stream – California botanical oil painting – Descanso Gardens


Today I got the good news that this painting, of fall leaves at Descanso Gardens, has been juried into the Pasadena Society of Artists spring show. Previously it was juried into the California Art Club’s “Rivers and Harbors” show at the Pasadena Women’s City Club. I hope it finds a good home on this outing. It’s more abstract than most of my work and painting it was a bit like doing a big jigsaw puzzle.

The PSA show will run from April 29 to May 16 at the VIVA Gallery on Moorpark in Sherman Oaks.


  1. Hashi
    March 23, 2009

    Congratulations, Karen. I love this one.

  2. wendy
    March 23, 2009

    Love the colours, the brushstrokes, the kind of freedom in this painting. Way to go!

  3. Leslie Saeta
    March 23, 2009

    Congratulations Karen! I hope to see you at the opening of the show!

  4. Shirley
    March 24, 2009

    The more abstract style is Fabulous! The reflections in the water are such a lovely balance to the brightly colored leaves. CONGRATULATIONS!

  5. Bill
    March 24, 2009

    Beautiful. That’s quite a technical (as well as artistic) feat. Good to see you keeping the range of your subject matter wide!

  6. Marian Fortunati
    March 24, 2009

    Congratulations, Karen….
    I go by VIVA fairly often as it is somewhat close by my home so I’ll drop by to see it again.

  7. Casey
    March 25, 2009

    I agree with the other commentors – this semi- abstract style worked beautifully.

  8. annie
    March 28, 2009

    I agree, too, Karen. This is such a refreshing scene and one feels so relaxed and peaceful.

  9. Lynn
    April 5, 2009

    Very nice work. If this is for sale you should include the size and the price in your on-line listings. Your work could be the focal point of any room if the size was large enough. Houses these days are bigger, and it’s very hard to find good larger-size pieces–it seems that large paintings tend to be more abstract.

  10. teric
    June 19, 2009

    Congratulations Karen, it is just beautiful!

  11. steve
    June 19, 2009

    Amazing work. Makes me look forward to Autumn again.

  12. TMartin
    June 19, 2009

    This is absolutely lovely. Fabulous color, and sense of motion.

  13. Detlef
    June 19, 2009

    The swirls of the current and accompanying reflections are just superb, Karen.

  14. Indigene
    June 19, 2009

    It reminds me of so many things, which means it is an incredible abstract piece! Bravo!

  15. Deb Keirce
    June 20, 2009

    Congrats! Lovely painting!

  16. ArtSnark
    June 20, 2009

    Congrats! Strong piece – love the motion

  17. Ren
    June 23, 2009

    Very nice. Love the radiance.

  18. jane
    December 12, 2009

    Great blog, You should get in touch with the bizymoms Moorpark community to feature these on their page. It’s free and the moms will love them

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