First Daffodils Of The Season

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These gentle yellow daffodils popped-up in my backyard a couple of days ago. I couldn’t resist to pick a bunch and set up a still life.

I intentionally placed freshly picked flowers into an antique Wedgwood vase. It emphasizes the fact how small is the distance between beauty of a two-day-old flower and a century-old pottery. 

The beauty is eternal! 

And the waves and a maze of a pattern of this silk scarf adds the interest to this full of life and color still life.


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St. John’s Ranch – Mt Shasta County

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Two lovely country scenes were waiting for me when last week long trip get-away brought us to Mountain Shasta county, which is five hours drive north from San Francisco Bay Area.

We were camping in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by the fields and mountains.. Not a sound of civilization, no Internet, not even a cell phone coverage. This truly made me think about serenity and peace.. 

I was painting both artworks in plein-air style, sitting under the warm California Sun. The light breeze was helping to dry my paints that I could move on and on. And only mooing of the cows and birds tweets accompanied me while I was creating. 
I hope the peace and serenity are shown in my works; as, usually, the artist’s feeling influences the paintings
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The original painting Range Of Mountains – 10″x14″ on 140lb Cold Pressed 100% Arches Professional watercolor
The original painting Bald Mountain – 12″x16″ on on 140lb Cold Pressed 100% Arches Professional watercolor
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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.
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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
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Here are just a few of those “Golden Pots”:
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Evening Primrose – Another Purple Flower

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Though this flower sometimes is called Evening Pink Primrose, I got lucky and met it in purple. 

One more painting of Bay Area Flowers series is completed. 

I was able to catch a close up of the flower in the evening Sun, which gave a good 3D effect to the painting. After the painting was finished I’ve made a little research on the flower as I didn’t want to place the post on just “Another Purple Flower“. I found out that:
Originally native only to central grasslands from Missouri and Nebraska south
through Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas to northeastern Mexico, Pink ladies or Pink
evening primrose is an upright to sprawling, 1 1/2 ft.
 perennial, which
spreads to form extensive colonies. Its large, four-petaled flowers,
 solitary from
leaf axils, range in color from dark pink to white. Nodding buds, opening into
pink or white flowers, are in the upper leaf axils on slender, downy stems. The
delicate-textured, cup-shaped blossoms are lined with pink or red veins.
Foliage is usually linear and
 pinnate, although leaves can be entire and lance-shaped depending on locality. A hardy and drought
resistant species that can form colonies of considerable size. The flowers may
be as small as 1 (2.5 cm) wide under drought conditions. The plant is
frequently grown in gardens and escapes from cultivation.
As the common name implies, most evening primrose species open
their flowers in the evening, closing them again early each morning. The
flowers of some members of the
 genus open in the evening so rapidly that the movement can almost be
observed. Pink evening primrose populations in the southern part of its natural
range, however, open their flowers in the morning and close them each evening.
To further complicate matters, populations in the northern parts of its range
tend to open in the evening. 
After the research on Evening Primrose, I’ve accidentally, but to my amazement, discovered the name of those purple flowers that I’ve recently painted, yet struggled to find the name of the species:
Purple Flower
It turned out that this plant is called Madeira Cranebill
The old post on this painting is HERE
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Original Evening Primrose Flower painting is 20″x16″ on 300lb Arches Watercolor Cold Pressed paper
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Eugene O’Neill Sacred Place – Tao House Ranch

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Today I’ve visited a beautiful ranch of the famous American writer Eugene O’Neill. 

My sister, I, and a bunch of great artist-friends came to explore and if weather permitted paint Plein-Air. The day was gorgeous; and I grabbed my brush. After visiting the house we explored the ranch. I decided to paint this white barn and an old beat-up wagon. 

The ranch is now a part of the National Parks system. Several times a year there are performances of Eugene O’Neill’s plays as well as the Artists Days. And even we visited Tao House ranch in a quiet Saturday, it was still interesting to see students there who were rehearsing for a tomorrow performance. The barn was filled with theater spirit, I’ve heard the part of the play and felt as I was a part of the really sacred act that brought live a play that was written more than half century ago. 

Did you know, that… 

America’s only Nobel Prize winning playwright, Eugene O’Neill, chose to live in Northern California at the height of his writing career. Isolated from the world and within the walls of his home, O’Neill wrote his final and most memorable plays; The Iceman Cometh, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, and A Moon for the Misbegotten.

(Per http://www.nps.gov/euon/index.htm)

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10″x14″ St. Petersburg White Nights Watercolor on 300lb Arches Paper
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She Sells Sea Shells on the Sea Shore

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This trio reminds me a little song that I was learning in my English class back many many years ago… My friend and I attended this class for fun. We were probably 16 or 17 and decided to learn English.. If only I knew that in 15 more years I will study English for real here in America. Good memories!…………………………………………………………………………………………… You never know what you have ahead; although, you should always think about a positive outcome and know that everything you do is for a REASON..

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Sedona Arizona

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This week my husband and I are traveling places. It is my birthday week and we decided to pop up on our small trailer and for the first time give it a try. We visited Death Valley and Grand Canyon. Right now we are staying at the beautiful place next to the Red Rock in Sedona, Arizona. If you heard about this place you probably know that people claim this town to be spiritual and mysterious one. We’ve seen a lot of funky shops here where you can clear your spirit, take picture of you aura and find a peace. I don’t know about all of that; but, just looking at the gorgeous rocks, mountains, trees, canyons I agree, the Mother Nature definitely marked this place as One Must See.

I’ve painted this small 5″x7″ sketch of one of the surrounding rocks. The sunlight was just right. During our short trip we took hundreds of pictures that I am hoping to convert some of them to the paintings one rainy day in California 🙂
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Cold vs Hot

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I was painting the same lovely model (Morning Rose) on two different quality papers. One rose is painted on Hot Pressed Arches and another on Cold.
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Question: Can you guess which is where?!
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It is quite a challenge to move the paint around the hot pressed paper when you used to the qualities of cold pressed one. The surface of Hot Pressed is so smooth that sometimes you think that paint does not stick to it ( especially when I tried to lift the color with sponge or paper towel to make the background wash look like the background).
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However, I enjoyed painting petals on both Cold and Hot. Both of them held the moisture quite long (though hot pressed has shorter time and needs wetting the painted area generously)
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Ok, here is the answer: when I was working on Hot Pressed paper, my hand went automatically picking up warmer colors for the rose ( I guess it was philological :).. Yes , yes, the top one is on Hot Pressed and the bottom rose is on Cold Pressed..