Fallbrook Hillside – California Pastel Landscape Painting

Fallbrook Hillside
8 x 10 pastel painting

Now that spring has come, we’re making a concerted effort to get out and explore new areas in our general vicinity, within a 2- 3 hr (or so) drive. One of our recent forays took us to Fallbrook, which is in North San Diego County. This hillside attracted me, with its stately eucalyptus trees and colorful wildflowers.

This pastel was painted on a ground that I prepared. The irregular texture (see enlargement) can often add movement and drama to the finished work.


  1. Leslie Saeta
    March 31, 2009

    OK, now I am in trouble. My parents live in Fallbrook and I have yet to head down there to paint! I feel guilty now … but thanks for the unintended but gentle reminder!
    I love this pastel. Beautiful colors!

  2. Timaree
    April 1, 2009

    Nice picture Karen. My sister lives in Fallbrook. There are so many pretty places in California! Of course, being born and raised there might make me a bit biased …

  3. Leslie Saeta
    April 2, 2009

    I sent you an email but I wanted to let you know that when I heard about the truck that crashed in to the Flintridge Bookstore and Coffee House I thought of you! I know that you have your artwork on display there and I immediately thought of you. What a terrible tragedy. So sorry to see this on the news.

  4. annie
    April 2, 2009

    Splendid, Karen. I continue to be amazed by pastel work I haven’t a clue how it’s done and often mistake it for oil–even watercolor if it is a small print.. .

    Is this oil pastel? I love the texture, also.

    I hope your paintings weren’t hurt in that crash.

  5. Karen
    April 2, 2009

    Thank you Leslie and Annie

    Annie, this is dry pastel.

    Unfortunately, the truck drove through the wall where my bookstore paintings were hung. They are probably all destroyed, but there’s no way to know if any may have been thrown clear because it is a crime scene and no one can go in.

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