I've painted this watercolor with an imaginative color scheme giving the scene a somewhat other-worldly feel. Additionally, I used a fairly limited palette of colors, so the effect is unified and calming. The place, in the East Bay of northern California, is Los Vaqueros Reservoir and its surroundings, named for the 19th century Mexican Rancho Cañada de los Vaqueros land grant. I was invited to paint here from the home of friends who have this splendid view every day.

- Catherine McCargar

Los Vaqueros

Watercolor painting on paper

Ready to frame

Signed on front

14" h x 20" w 
0 lbs. 2 oz.



Catherine McCargar
Walnut Creek, California

Getting to Know Catherine

Catherine McCargar created her first work of art at five years old, a snowman drawn on blue construction paper. A group of artists invited her to try plein air painting and she fell in love. In her eyes, “the time spent composing and recording in the open air is invaluable to breathe life into a painting.” Catherine currently lives in California and loves tending her garden and being creative in the kitchen when she’s not painting. Fun fact: she occasionally writes stories for her granddaughter with accompanying ink drawings; she recently wrote a series called “Baby Owl Learns to Fly.”