Painting California Poppies

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California Poppies (scientific name Eschscholzia Californica) sometimes are called a Cup of Gold. They are official California state flowers.

I found this small golden field when going one day to Blake Garden in Berkeley Hills for a plain-air session. I was so occupied painting another field of Red Poppies that I only had a few minutes to run around the park and take some photos. In contrary to the poppies that I painted that day (see painting below), these orange cuties were volunteers. They just spread around the park glowing and bringing light and cheer.
poppy painting
(previous post is here, and the prints are available here)
As I recall, it was a little meadow with the Red and Pink poppies hiding in the forest like garden.

The red ones were planted by people. 

The orange ones were probably brought by birds and wind. 

They decided to locate themselves wherever was comfortable: on a pathway that brought the artists to a marvelous view of the San Francisco Bay
I painted an artist there who came to paint California Poppies; so, that there is more to the story. When the viewer comes to the painting, the fist thing he/she sees are the poppies: bright, orange, big. Yet with more careful observation, you can notice that somebody else is there admiring the orange flowers at the Bay. 

In the last couple of years I painted quite a few of those orange flowers. But the painting above is probably the largest one 
(original painting California Poppies is 23″x17″ on Strathmore 140 lb Watercolor paper) 
 and it has a story

Here are just a few of those “Golden Pots”:

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Japanese Garden in Golden Gate Park – San Francisco

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The original painting is SOLD

But the art collectors throughout the World are purchasing prints. They vary depending on what the customer wants.

There are canvas prints with this painting of Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco Bay Area:

watercolor painting by Irina Sztukowski
There is a possibility to order framed artwork of Japanese Tea Garden:

Framed Watercolor Painting by Irina Sztukowski
The website even offer metal prints and acrylic decorative artworks:

print of watercolor painting by Irina Sztukowski
The decorative ideas are endless. The pillows with Japanese Tea Garden became quite popular:
Throw Pillow art by Irina Sztukowski home decor idea
Even tote bags with this artwork are available:
Tote Bag with watercolor painting by Irina Sztukowski
And for those who wants to bring a memory of Japanese Tea Garden from Golden Gate Park of San Francisco, there are cell phone cases with this art:
cell phone case with painting by Irina Sztukowski

This painting was an inspiration after walking in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. My Dad and I were stunned by a beauty of the Japanese Tea Garden there. I’ve seen this part of the garden many times, but I’ve never seen it so pretty as that Spring

A Little bit of history and facts about Japanese Garden:

The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco, California, is a popular feature of Golden Gate Park, originally built as part of a sprawling World’s Fair, the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894. Tours are offered every day by San Francisco City Guides. 
The oldest public Japanese garden in the United States, this complex of many paths, ponds and a teahouse features native Japanese and Chinese plants. The garden’s 5 acres contain many sculptures and bridges. 

After the conclusion of the 1894 World’s Fair, Makoto Hagiwara, a Japanese immigrant and gardener, approached John McLaren with the idea to convert the temporary exhibit into a permanent park. Hagiwara personally oversaw the building of the Japanese Tea Garden and was official caretaker of the garden from 1895 to 1925. He specifically requested that one thousand flowering cherry trees be imported from Japan, as well as other native plants, birds, and the now famous goldfish. After San Francisco’s 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition closed, he obtained the two large ornamental wooden gates, and probably also the Tea Garden’s prominent five-tiered pagoda, from that fair’s Japanese enclave.[1] 
The Hagiwara family lived in and maintained the Japanese Tea Garden until 1942, when Executive Order 9066 forced them to leave San Francisco and relocate to an internment camp with thousands of other Japanese-American families. The garden was renamed the “Oriental Tea Garden” and fell into disarray. 
In 1949, a large bronze Buddha, originally cast in Tajima, Japan in 1790, was presented to the garden by the S & G Gump Company. The name “Japanese Tea Garden” was officially reinstated in 1952. In 1953 the Zen Garden, designed by Nagao Sakurai and representing a modern version of kare sansui (a dry garden which symbolizes a miniature mountain scene complete with a stone waterfall and small island surrounded by a gravel river) was dedicated at the same time as the 9,000-pound (4,100 kg) Lantern of Peace, which was purchased by contributions from Japanese children and presented on their behalf as a symbol of friendship for future generations.
(info is courtesy of wiki)

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