Painting the California poppies > Emilie Lee tells us about her visit to the Antelope Valley and Figueroa Mountain to paint the beautiful fields of poppies, known as the “superbloom” for good reason.
“I moved to California two years ago, and I’ve been having the time of my life exploring and painting around the Golden State,” Lee says. “I love going on road trips in search of inspiration, and it’s been great for my growth as a painter to gain experience with a variety of subject matter, from redwood forest interiors, to crashing waves in Big Sur, to the snow-covered mountains of the Sierra.
“This was my first time witnessing the famous spring ‘superbloom’ of California poppies that occurs after an exceptionally wet winter like we had last year. The first painting is from Figueroa Mountain in the Santa Ynez Valley, where I hiked for over an hour to reach the most dense section of poppies, which also had a nice view across the valley. The second painting required a lot less sweat. At Antelope Valley I found a quiet dirt road on the edge of the superbloom where I could paint from the tailgate of my car.”
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