Arroyo Seco Painting – Pasadena Bridge Panorama – Plein Air by Karen Winters

Arroyo Panorama
12 x 24 inches
oil on canvas

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Last week I had the pleasure of painting this panorama of the Arroyo Seco from a vantage point high above the canyon. I wanted the late afternoon look, so I had to work fast. As it turned out, I left the painting of the sky and foreground for later, concentrating on the trees, grasses, mountains and architecture as the sun relentlessly continued its course. It’s an interesting time of year. Not all of the deciduous trees have leaves yet – but the grass is thick and abundant, and bright yellow green. In a few months the vivid green will turn straw brown and there will be a solid canopy of leafy trees below. Every season brings its own beauties to enjoy. I’m guessing that I could look at a plein air painting of an early California impressionist and pretty well guess the month it was painted if I knew the location.

My husband shot a little bit of video as I painted, which I’ve included here:

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  1. Jo Castillo
    March 13, 2010

    Karen, your structures are wonderful. You have a great eye for plein air painting. All the paintings are lovely, good luck in the show. Hope you make money for the charities!

  2. annie
    March 14, 2010

    What an interesting and instructional video by you and your husband. Timid me just jumped when you bravely went in and started the greens so enthusiastically.
    And it was fun to see the closeups– especially where you put in the yellow and lighter greens throughout the foliage.

    Good luck with the show. Glad to hear about its helping the native plants as well as the art club.


  3. Mark Landes, MA, DC
    March 15, 2010

    Thanks great video. Very painterly works. Good luck at the show.
    Wish I could spend a day at Pasadena shows and galleries (like Tirage). A good region for art. Granville R used to paint the hills/flowers for the tourists there.

  4. Wendee
    March 16, 2010

    Lovely Karen! You make me want to migrate to oils! 😉

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