Now that we have had a blast of rain and April has arrived, I am itching for a little road trip. I’ve been going up and down California for years. I like to get out the map (yes I am old fashioned and prefer a map to GPS) and look for new roads to try. I prefer using the detailed Delorme road atlases. A few years ago my “discovery” was Foxen Canyon Road. It parallels the 101 between Buellton and Santa Maria. It’s a windy, car commercial road, through lush green hills covered with poppies. The little trip inspired some small paintings, including the ones shown above.