Went for a hike and came across these Golden Poppies growing between these cluster of rocks.
(7" x 10" Watercolors on Watercolor board)
For the past month I would see these bright orange flowers blooming along the North Bay freeway. If you haven't seen or heard of this flower it's call the "California Poppy" but also goes by "Golden Poppy" and "Cup of Gold". It's the California State Flower.
Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving! Here's a snapshot from a recent paintout at a fishing pond in Sonoma County.
The hike was pleasant and the pond was quite easy to find. It was so fun to see all the fall leaves in the background and the 2 families fishing on both sides of the pond. Already looking forward to returning and hiking to the opposite side of the trail and maybe paint one of the vista views.
I went with my husband to the Psychic Barber in West Seattle. He's a great barber, but he's not really psychic. As he tells it, he once shared a building with a psychic and they both had their signs in the window. People assumed, and took it from there. He became known as the Psychic Barber. The psychic moved out, leaving the sign behind. He took the sign with him when he eventually moved to a new spot. He is closed Sundays and Mondays, and prefers you make an appointment.
This is a quick pen and ink sketch with a little watercolor splashed on.
I love this little coffee place. It's in an old bungalow in West Seattle, right on California Avenue. The inside is very interesting, especially the original tiled fireplace. But I'm partial to old houses.
There were people singing and playing a banjo while I was there. Always something going on.
And the coffee is good.
Here's a little sketch of the outside, front entrance from the side.
Took a day trip up to Pt Reyes with my wife. It's normally about a 45
minute drive ... unless there's RAIN..... which makes it that much more
dangerous when driving through Lucas Valley's curvy roads. Luckily it
rained only the first part of the day... which allowed me to park and
During this type of weather I'll have to find some coverage.... in this
case my SUV trunk door! As for views, the options are limited by the fog
and misty air. I walked around and scoped the area.... off to the
distance I spotted a barn.... and a truck loaded with hay!
Usually around this time I have to work fast because of the summer
heat.... but working wet on wet with these low temperatures requires
some patience to allow the watercolors to dry. I've always had a hard
time approaching misty skies and usually over-work the painting.... but I
think I captured the atmosphere and how the day felt from Sunday's
I went with my husband to visit the man making him a very large machine for his woodworking business. The man's shop is filled with stuff and boxes and more stuff. I had to limit what I sketched, but I still think I overdid it. It's kind of a jumble, but it makes the point.
This machine is all straight lines and angles and today I couldn't draw a straight line if my life depended on it.
This is a pen and ink sketch with a little watercolor.