early California poppie painting

just a doodle of calif. poppies

just a doodle of calif. poppies

this painting came about cause I had never seen California Poppies before.  I grew up in Missouri and moved out west when I was 19 (I’ve never looked back).  I got married young started having children and then we bought a home west of Durango, Colorado in a tall deep valley called Lightner Creek.  I was so excited to see this yard and what might be planted here, but I had to wait.  The day we moved in was Thanksgiving of 1983 and the snow was so deep that year we didn’t see the ground again till spring. When it was warm enough, I was out the door and diggin’ in the Earth.  Well out front of this house were all these little weeds and I started pulling and pulling and pulling some more, but there was no end in sight.  I had just had my baby daughter in Feb and I had a nineteen month old needing my attentions at that time so I never got around to pulling all those little pesky weeds out of that front bed.  And boy am I glad I didn’t, they were the most glorious little bright orange flowers I had ever seen.  I was so mesmerized by their transparant qualities that I just had to try and capture them on paper.  and this is what I came up with….. this was the real start of my learning watercolour.


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4 Responses to “early California poppie painting”

  1. 3bdigitalart Says:

    Gorgeous!!! Love it!! 🙂


  2. Lo Says:

    Truly lovely. We enjoy them here in California from early spring right through the summer…love them. Also adore Mexican Poppies, all pink and fragile…waving in the wind.

    You’ve really captured the simplistic beauty of these little vibrant gems.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. sue Says:

    Oh, how stunning! I love the poppies–we had some champagne poppies one year that I wished had returned for us, but they didn’t. This is beautiful.

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  4. lookingforbeauty Says:

    Your drawings and paintings are really lovely. I hope you are quite settled into your geodesic dome now.
    I’ve come back to visit many of your posts today and enjoyed them all. You are quite a photographer! I like the way you change point of view – looking up through the grasses to the sky.
    My sister and I were in New Mexico in May this year and just loved it. I’d love to go back and paint for a month or more, and I may do so one of these days.


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