Poppies Under The Florida Mountains

Poppies Under The Florida Mountains – Landscapes Day 7

Poppies Under The Florida Mountains was inspired by the route I took to work every day for years.  I traveled past this mountain range twice a day (and sometimes more) as I commuted From Columbus, NM to Deming, NM. Some years, when conditions were right, there would be an explosion of yellow poppies under the mountains. I always thought it looked like the ground had been spun into gold. It was quite a shock of color for this desert landscape.

The cool thing about the Florida mountains is when you are driving at a certain time of day the entire range looks like a sleeping dragon. When the sun reaches a certain position in the sky the right edge also looks just like the profile of Abe Lincoln. If you ever travel to Deming, New Mexico, see if you can spot Honest Abe or the dragon!

Poppies Under The Florida Mountains
Poppies Under The Florida Mountains 8×8 watercolor and acrylic painting on Aquabord.

I painted this on Aquabord using watercolor and acrylic paints. I like the texture of the Aquabord. It gives the painting a bit of character. I started with a yellow under-painting and then layered watercolor over that. I finished with some final touches in acrylic paint. It’s a process I read about in Stephen Quiller’s book, Watermedia Painting, which I have been experimenting with and love. Stephen Quiller’s paintings have amazing color. I admire his work so much and was really excited to learn more about his techniques.

Have a nice weekend!

P.S. Florida, in this case is pronounced Flor-eee-da. When I first moved here I was calling them Florida, like the state, and got some funny looks and some not so funny corrections!

P.P.S. I am going to take Saturday and Sunday off from blogging. I want to devote more time to painting the landscapes. I’ll resume day 8 on Monday and hopefully will have some substantial artwork to share.

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4 thoughts on “Poppies Under The Florida Mountains – Landscapes Day 7”

  1. Hi Lillian, I think this landscape is spectacular! You seem to have mastered this technique with the acrylic & watercolor combo, it sure turned out well. Are these the kind of poppies they call California poppies? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a yellow-orange poppies before, except in a seed catalog, and I believe they were called California poppies. They sure make for a brilliant landscape with the dark blue sky, and the light blue yucca…very pretty!

    1. Thank you, Wynn! I do believe they are called California poppies because that is all I have seen in seed catalogs too. I will have to ask a local to make sure. The funny thing is, for several years, I have tried to grow California poppies from seeds and had no luck. They must need perfect conditions.

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