Descanso Gardens Lily Pond – California Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting

Descanso Lily Pond
9 x 12
oil on canvas – plein air painting, Sept. 2009

I can’t believe that in all the time I’ve been painting Descanso Gardens that I haven’t painted this lily pond which is near the front gate. There used to be two sculptural fishes that formed a fountain, but I have been told that they are no longer in service due to drought issues. I hope that they will return some time in the future, although they may not have been too visible at this angle.

What I loved about this view was the crepe myrtle (pink flowering) tree which was in full bloom and casting its reflection in the pond. The bench awaits a person to come for a moment of meditation.

My thanks to Ed F. for taking this picture and sending it to me. I appreciate it! Note to self, after taking off straw hat, remember to use hairbrush before photo op. [grin].

This Sunday, I’ll be showing my work at the Redondo Beach Art by the Sea Artwalk, specific details to come. Artists will be setting up along the boardwalk/bike path at the parking lot level. I’ll try to get some better instructions. It’s in the general area of the pier, but not on the pier.


  1. annie
    September 10, 2009

    Are you saying that the air quality has improved and you are actually outside, painting this lovely scene, Karen, or is this from your friend’s photo?

    Whatever, it is a lovely painting, and I would love to be sitting on that bench.

  2. Karen
    September 10, 2009

    Annie, that is a photo of me painting at the pond. The sky is very nice and blue again where we are.

  3. Marian Fortunati
    September 10, 2009

    I love the tree and sky reflections in the pond, Karen!!

    It was good seeing you yesterday.

  4. Fran aka Redondowriter
    September 13, 2009

    Now I see what you look like–and I could have gone down to the pier and seen you, but I realized you were here too late.

    I haven’t stopped by for a long time, but your art is even more spectacular than I recalled. I’ll stop by more often.

  5. Douglas Fireman
    September 14, 2009

    Lovely painting.
    Those colors; the reflections…

    So peaceful and meditative.
    Cheers, Doug

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