Lupines are a wild California flower — hillsides in Southern California turn deep violet
with hues of magenta-purple vetch running through them.
Both remind me of my grandparents.
My grandfather used to tell me not to feed the horses vetch.
I was too young to remember why — just don’t do it!
(A post coming will tell you why.)
I am happy that lupines followed me to Oregon.
The roadsides between Ashland Oregon and Mount Shasta California
are covered with them, and the high plateau around Yreka California
sometimes turns a deep lavender color.
The further north, the less lupines, and here in Portland you see very few of them.
Mimi loved their color, and so does my mom. There is a yellow lupine in the Monterey area. My mom and my grandmother took pictures of a hillside possibly heading into the Big Sur area. I’ve not seen wild yellow lupines, but yellow flowers are my favorites — Johnnie Jump-ups, Black Eyed Susans, and of course, any type of Sunflower.
World Watercolor Month is giving me a push to experiment again!
Very fast vignettes of this or that with the goal to deepen colors, mix on paper,
work with masking fluid, play with line and color.
In this one I kept piling on color, sometimes wet on wet, sometimes wet on dry.
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