California Lupines

W16 7 7 PENTALIC LUPINES 03 SQLupines 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.

W16 7 7 PENTALIC LUPINES 03Pentalic Aqua Journal, Platinum Carbon pen,
Lamy Al-Star, De Atramentis Document black ink;
and Sennelier, Holbein, and Daniel Smith watercolors.


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7 Responses to California Lupines

  1. Dan Antion says:

    Very pretty, Kate 🙂


  2. bikerchick57 says:

    I’ve seen lupines here and there, but not in the quantity that you describe in California and Oregon. That sea of purple has to be gorgeous! I could envision a patch of yellow and purple lupines in the garden since I love that color combination. That’s a wonderful drawing, Katie, and looking forward to a post about vetch.


    • I think growing cultivated lupines is more difficult — at least I’ve had limited success. The wild things seem to be much hardier if the environs is right. I, too, love purple and yellow together… as you will see, as soon there may be Johnny Jump-ups!

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  4. sandidureice says:

    I’m going backwards into the blog at the moment, have a backlog of emails. Saw these lupines as thumbnails in a later posting and went looking in flicker for them. Lovely flicker images. I don’t have the bytes to download flicker on a regular basis. Glad I visited. And now I’ve found the lupines’ posting too.


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