Looks Like Rain

We’re hoping it will be rain, that is. Tonight we may see showers and tomorrow there’s a 90% chance of real, honest to God RAIN. This has been the driest winter in recent years which means the fire danger will be even more extreme as the sparse bits of grass and growth on the hillside dry out. The sierra snowpack has been less as well, so I’ve heard. Our water bills are out of sight so I’m hoping for at least one good soak before we head into the dry season that extends to November.

Tomorrow afternoon I’ll be posting a new painting for Ebay’s Nibblefest – that’s the one where we all try to get the highest number of very small bids from different people. Bidding will start at 99 cents and go up in 50 cent increments. They haven’t posted the winners for March yet, but I thank everyone who bid on the baby bird in the man’s hands and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it competed well. That painting went to a loving home and the collector is someone who raised a baby bird by hand, so it was quite special to her. I love to paint things that strike emotional notes, whether it’s one of joy, nostalgia, hope, even wistfulness or turmoil.

I guarantee that the painting to be posted tomorrow will be an emotional one, too. If you’ve been reading this blog for a year or so, you’ll know why the moment you see it.


  1. hfm
    April 20, 2007

    I love the way you can “play” with watercolors and give all the emotions!

  2. Ronell
    April 20, 2007

    This is once again a beautiful piece of work, Karen…great atmoshere captured!

  3. Annie
    April 20, 2007

    You’ve caught the feel of heavy, damp and pressured air, and the look of fog and black clouds rolling in over that parched earth. Hoping for your rain.

  4. Linda
    April 22, 2007

    Karen — I hope you got the honest-to-goodness rain you were hoping for! This is wonderful — I just LOVE storms as they are blowing in! (maybe not once they arrive, but the blowing in part is pretty cool.)

  5. Sherie
    April 24, 2007

    Wow, you really caught the motion in those clouds and the angry feel of the landscape. Awesome!

  6. df
    April 25, 2007

    This is a very nice watercolor. I love the palette, the looseness and general sense of the dryness around here – even though it’s of a coming storm. I like the patches of blue water too.

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