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Poppy and Mandarin Still Life – California impressionist Karen Winters

December 15th, 2008

Poppies and Mandarins
14 x 18 oil on canvas
Painted from life

The brilliant but delicate iceland poppies form a backdrop for the mandarin oranges. Or perhaps they were tangerines or clementines. I can never be sure about citrus.
There is some glare on this painting because it’s soaking wet, but I hope it conveys the general idea. I’ll shoot another picture in a week or so when it is dry.

It has been pouring rain here, which we dearly need. Tomorrow morning I hope that I wake to see snow on the Angeles Crest mountains. If so, it will be a good day to go out and paint a rare scene. These mountains are infrequently dusted, and sometimes subsequent rains wash it away if there’s not sufficient cold. Blue skies, white snow and a few scantily-clad sycamore trees still holding onto their leaves like fan-dancers protecting their modesty. Brrr.

3 Comments »

  1. I can amost smell the citrus!!
    Isn’t the rain glorious!!… It does look more clear today… Perhaps you’ll get your snow scene.
    Be well.

    Comment by Marian Fortunati — December 16, 2008 @ 8:14 am
  2. We didn’t get as cold as we were told but the mountains had a light dusting of snow. Hope you got your snow and get your chance to paint it.

    This is a great still life. Poppys and tangerines (I think all the ones you mentioned are just versions of tangerines) – two yummy things together.

    Comment by Timaree — December 16, 2008 @ 12:37 pm
  3. Mmmmm….I’m glad I dropped by. That lovely burst of color is just what I needed on this gray day! Very nice.

    Comment by DebMc — December 20, 2008 @ 11:45 am

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