daily painting | tilden poppies

It was a perfect day for a hike up in Tilden Park in the E Bay hills — cool breezes, clear skies, not too many hikers on the trail (the trails are wide so it’s easy to socially distance). A friend and I took about 95 pictures of these poppies near the road and I painted from one of the shots from the comfort of my kitchen yesterday, wanting in particular to stay loose with the paint. The huge blooms with their papery petals and pincushion centers were lovely and profuse, there at the bottom of S. Park Drive. We saw what seemed to be a family of red tail hawks calling out and gliding and circling, heard a red shouldered hawk calling from the trees, enjoyed the amazing views from the ridge both of the entire SF bay and, on the other side, Mt Diablo. It’s one of my favorite hikes, and was a great afternoon and a wonderful distraction from the worrying news stories. Blooming flowers and lush gardens and birds in the air remind me to enjoy the glories of this world; to inhale them.

8″ x 10″ watercolor, pen on paper = $100