Garden at the Ranch – San Luis Obispo – California Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting by Karen Winters

“Garden at the Ranch”
11 x 14 oil on linen panel
San Luis Obispo Central California Coast area

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I’m still catching up on posting a year’s worth of plein air paintings that didn’t get photographed when they were created. This one is from last May, 2010 at a California Art Club paint out at a friend’s ranch in the San Luis Obispo area. Although it was a gray day, the poppies and other California natives really shone through. In fact, maybe the grayness accented their colors. Our friend has a wonderful native plant garden that would rival any garden planted with cultivated non-natives. It’s drought tolerant and seems perfectly adapted to the environment – because it is!

An almost finished work in progress photo is below – thanks to my hubby for taking it. Yep, there’s that hat again.


  1. E J
    February 24, 2011

    beautiful work–and the hat I also love—seeing it on location was a treat–it shows so much how you’ve captured what was there…

  2. Elza
    February 24, 2011

    I admire the freshness of your colors…and your hat, of course.

  3. raena
    February 24, 2011

    I am always inspired here!

  4. Linda T
    February 24, 2011

    So beautiful! I liked seeing your palette too.

  5. Karen
    February 24, 2011

    Thank you all

  6. Frankye
    February 24, 2011

    Karen, the juxtaposition of the blue and orange complements light up the painting beautifully. That dull day didn’t seem to hamper your artist’s eye!

  7. nancy t
    February 26, 2011

    It’s very beautiful, and the bright colors in the foreground just pop! nancy

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