Seed Fields

Seed Fields – sketchbook page – SOLD

There was no time to paint today, so before I head off to bed I did this quick watercolor sketch of one of the seed growers field that we pass by on our way up the coast to Santa Maria. The agricultural economy is changing and many of the growers now grow for seed (I think these are marigolds) instead of growing cut flowers.

This is another of those abstraction experiments, just playing around with color and shape – and pushing the intensity as far as I could. It’s in my Raffine sketchbook, but is not a full page. I managed to get in some time today for spring cleanup in our yard, so I’m really tuckered out – there was a lot of digging, clipping, ivy removal and weed pulling to do. I’m going to get some sunflower seeds strewn tomorrow so I’ll have material for cutting and painting later in the season.


  1. Ronell
    May 1, 2007

    You amaze me Karen! So you did a quick watercolor before bed and it turns out like THIS? All my admiration! I love the combination of colors and the disticnt difference in shapes. Very nice “quick” painting.

  2. Felicity
    May 2, 2007

    I had a good look at this trying looking at your brush strokes etc, and then I read it’s just a sketch! OMG!

  3. Casey
    May 2, 2007

    This is very beautiful, Karen. I love the way it verges on the abstract. It would make a wonderful painting.

  4. Anna
    May 2, 2007

    Very nice work, Karen. I am amazed at how you manage to keep producing a nice piece of art every day – even without the Every Day in May challenge! I am curous how long this took you to do. Another question. You mentioned that you painted the gorgeous rose below from a photo you took. What camera do you use? I am looking for a digital camera that can take detailed photos of plants, but have not found one yet. Lastly, do you use this same camera when you photograph your art or can you fit all of it in the scanner? Thanks for a great website!

  5. Creekhiker
    May 2, 2007

    Karen, Just amazing! I love the purple mountains and how they contrast with the flowers. Holly

  6. Jo Castillo
    May 2, 2007

    Karen, What a nice “cool down” for the end of the day. Love it!

  7. Sherie
    May 2, 2007

    What can I say that hasn’t already been said? You are so talented and do such beautiful artwork.

  8. carole
    May 2, 2007

    Blimey, Karen, even a quick sketch from you comes out looking like a masterpiece! Just shows the benefit of painting daily.

  9. Robyn
    May 2, 2007

    This one jumped out at me – lovely composition and colour. I wish I could do this and make it look so effortless!

  10. martha
    May 3, 2007

    Fabulous! The color just sings and it’s super fresh.

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