“Windswept” painting

February 7, 2008 at 10:18 pm 5 comments

“Windswept” painting “Windswept”, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 18×24″

The westbound stream of smoothly flowing traffic abruptly comes to a halt. Mile upon mile, cars inch forward a few feet at a time, then wait. In what appears to be the middle of nowhere, for no discernible reason, there is a perpetual traffic jam.

Pacheco Pass is one of the worst-designed highways in California. Traffic backs up for miles waiting to get through a truly frightening intersection. The Old West is still alive here: there are no signal lights, just a big game of “chicken”. At highway speeds.

While awaiting my turn through this Russian Roulette of intersections, I had plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. The hills here, so characteristic of California, are dotted with wonderfully craggy oaks.

One oak tree in particular caught my eye. It had grown, bent by the prevailing winds, into this fantastic windswept shape. Stuck in traffic with plenty of time on my hands and nothing else to do, I gleefully snapped several photos of it. One of those photos formed the basis of this painting.

I don’t advise driving through Pacheco Pass unless you absolutely have to, but if you do, keep your eyes peeled for this tree. It’s on the north side of the road, some ways east of the traffic jam.

This painting is sold, but there are plenty more at www.barbarajcarter.com


Entry filed under: Acrylic, Landscape, Painting, Tree Paintings.

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  • 1. Peggy C.  |  February 7, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    I love your painting! So delicate, yet so very sturdily alive. Quite beautiful!

    And your whole blog looks terrific. Very easy to navigate.

    I’ll be back! And I’ll tell your dad too.


  • 2. Barbara and Paul  |  May 6, 2008 at 9:04 am

    The painting is incredible. The more you look at it, you discover new points of view. Best of all, we bought it! Thank you for creating such a wonderful work of art. Keep pursuing your love. I am sure we will be purchasing other works from you as you continue to discover the inner beauty of nature.

  • 3. barbarajcarter  |  May 6, 2008 at 9:41 am

    Thanks Barbara and Paul, I’m very glad you’re enjoying it! It was a treat meeting you in Calabasas. I look forward to seeing you guys at my future shows.

    Barbara J Carter

  • 4. Bruce Garris  |  November 8, 2009 at 6:54 am

    Love the “Windswept” painting. I am a Marriage and Family Therapist, and have been looking for just the right image of a windswept tree, to use as a tool in my practice. Yours is the perfect one for what I am am looking to do- is there any way I could get a print of this? (I understand the original has been sold?) Just a beautiful, evocative painting… Thanks! – MBG

    • 5. barbarajcarter  |  November 12, 2009 at 8:48 pm

      Hi Bruce,

      Thanks for stopping by my website! I’m pleased you liked “Windswept.” That painting garnered a lot of positive attention and sold quite quickly as you can imagine.

      Are you looking to license the image to reproduce on marketing materials, or are you just looking for a single print to hang on your wall?


      Barbara J Carter

Barbara J Carter

I'm an artist. I make paintings with dots.

I work in acrylic paint, in a couple of distinct styles: landscapes and abstracts.

Native to California, I've lived elsewhere and only recently returned to my home state. I now live in Los Angeles.

I mostly show my art in outdoor festivals in California. I also occasionally show my work in art galleries or open studio events. You can see an up-to-date list of upcoming shows on my website (click here).

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