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California Christmas! by Leslie Gustafson

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Christmas decorations have begun to pop up all over in California. I thought I would get in the spirit with a watercolor Christmas Palm! Enjoy the whimsy here with snow on the beach!. I lived in Southern California most of my life between the beach and the mountains. At times, there is snow in one direction and sand in the other. Usually though, we only dream of a White Christmas

Featured in ! Inspired Art !
Featured in Going Coastal
Featured in Impressionism Cafe
Featured in California Love

9 × 12 W/N watercolors on Arches, cold press


beach, snow, sand, colorful, watercolor, ornaments, palm tree, chrtistmas, california

Leslie Gustafson is a traditonal artist passionate about creating Art That Feels – an outgrowth of her work as a psychotherapist for the last 20 years. Working in all media, with a special interest in pastels, her art is both realistic and focused on expressing and prompting feeling. Rich color, Christian and Relational themes as well as Portraiture play a large role in her gallery here at RedBubble.

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  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackover 4 years ago

    Lovely Leslie.. I really like the idea and the execution….

  • Thank you Janis!:-) This was a fun experiment with salt. I have not had the chance to paint in a bit and I think I have been in withdrawals!!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Yan Gao
    Yan Gaoover 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much Yan!!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorover 4 years ago

    leslie creative ,welldone ,but noooooo you dont want snow and palm trees,it is snowing as i type LIZ

  • Thank you Liz for your comment!! I guess the grass is always greener. Enjoy the snow for me :-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 4 years ago

    beautiful Leslie one can always can dream of a White Christmas no matter where you are!

  • Thank you Linda!!:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 4 years ago

    A delightful painting sweetheART lovely creation – inst fave ;} happy hippy hugglez

  • Hey Val!! Thank you so much!! happy hippy hugglez to you too:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • WhiteDove Studio kj gordon
    WhiteDove Stud...over 4 years ago

    well done wahini………like your style…………..

  • Thank you KJ! and thanks for coming to visit:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

    bravo !
    my best, your host (francis).

    (your vote is needed here !)

  • Wow!! Thank you so much!! This is the first time I have been featured in your fine group:-)!!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballover 4 years ago

    Wow, you are cooking my dear. Love your work and congrats on the features!!

  • Thank you Susan! This was a fun one, playing around with wet in wet technique and salt!

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 4 years ago

    Beautiful work……this looks awesome and perfect for a California Christmas : )

  • Thanks again Sean! Merry Christmas! Yep, no snow again this year!:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

  • Impressionism
    Impressionismover 4 years ago

    thank you so much for your membership in our group, and for sharing your lovely art with us. wishing you a blessed, prosperous and creative
    New Year 2010

    K Bock
    Impressionism Café
    29 December 2009

  • Thank you K! Happy New Year to you too!:-)

    – Leslie Gustafson

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