daily painting | poppy

Thanks to our current California season of soggy, the poppies are everywhere in the brilliant green hills. This was from a hike at Sibley in Oakland hoping to see Golden Eagles (swifts and juncos, one PG&E drone, no eagles, not even a red tail). Brushing wet, bright washes over the paper was serious fun; took a few passes to get a painting I liked and in this damp atmosphere the paint took forever to dry. Patience and a hair dryer. I noodle around too much and complicate the composition when simplicity is best. Hope I never get over the magic of watercolors—they have a mind of their own and I’m never sure what will happen which is a combo of fun fringed with frequent frustration (sorry, can’t help myself).

5″ x 8″ watercolor, pen on paper = $50