California Poppies

California poppies – 11 x 15 quarter sheet watercolor


Come April, drifts of poppies, our state flower, burst into bloom in everyone’s yard. These cheerful blooms start to close around 4 pm, but in the middle of the day they are glorious.

Art thought of the day

Edgar Payne wrote: ” If the student will adopt the habit of putting much time on the preliminary compositional pencil sketches – the preparation for painting – he will have gained aid that will benefit him for as long as he paints. Additionally, the pleasure derived from doing pencil skteches is second only to that of painting.”

Amen to that!


  1. Creekhiker
    April 27, 2007

    Karen, I so agree about “magic hour.” It makes such a difference with the colors. Just LOVE the poppies.

  2. Casey
    April 28, 2007

    Karen, this one’s truly amazing. We have California poppies here in France too – my husband calls them ‘civil servants’ because they close up early. Anyone who’s ever dealt with the French administration will get the reference. This is a very beautiful painting.

  3. Kate (Cathy) Johnson
    April 28, 2007

    This is just beautiful, Karen! I love the light shining through the petals…

  4. andrea
    May 5, 2007

    Wow this is absolutely beautiful. I love the focus on the flowers. The colours are so good too. Yummy!

  5. Wendee
    May 7, 2007

    Oh the poppies look just wonderful. It just says California, huh? ;)

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