“SoCal Winter,” by Terry d. Chacon, oil, 12 x 12 in.

Are you California dreaming, on such a winter’s day? Here’s what Terry d. Chacon saw recently when she went out painting.

She saw snow in the desert in Southern California, and the resulting painting is a smorgasbord of color.

“We have had so much precipitation this winter, which is a good thing — the beauty of our mountain ranges is breathtaking because of it,” Chacon says. “When the San Jacinto Mountains near Palm Springs had a recent snow, we set out for a day of painting. We went to one of our favorite desert spots, Whitewater Preserve, where the views in all directions are an artist’s dream and there are no easy choices. I decided to look south and capture the foreground of beautiful winter grass, with incredible light on the folds of the lower hills, and use San Jacinto for the backdrop. The foreground desert brush of sage and tumbleweeds always helps to bring in some desert color when creating a painting of our beautiful Southern California desert.”


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