These Matilijas were blooming at Eaton Canyon in Pasadena. It's a large nature center and there are usually several school buses of visiting kids on field trips. Volunteers guide small groups of children through the nature trails. While painting, I've overheard lessons on a few subjects like poison oak, lizards, and snakes. I was painting these poppies near the picnic tables where a guide was sharing a small gopher snake with the kids after they ate lunch. You can see a couple fellow painters in the distance. Sometimes artists are interesting for the children to watch too and we have an audience!
|10" x 8" Watercolor|