Painting of the Week

Painting of the Week – Poppie’s Pond

Transparent Qualities of Acrylic

Transparent Qualities of Acrylic

The story of Poppie’s Pond goes back in golf history. It’s named after Mission Hills former Tournament Director, Terry Wilcox, who was lovingly known by his many grandchildren as “Poppie”. When woman golfer, Amy Alcott, took the first at 1988 Nabisco Dinah Shore tournament, she took a winning leap into Poppie’s Pond after her victory and a tradition was born. The view of the mountains at dusk reflecting it the pond inspired me not to hesitate and paint the scenery.

It has been exciting painting the desert. This winter in an acrylic class, we practiced creating all kinds of grounds, also called under-painting. Jean Pedersen, the instructor, suggested we make sure to work on them until we liked them. Back at my studio I pulled out a disappointing start of the mountains, decided to paint a ground over it and it looked better. After golf that evening, I photographed this incredible site of Poppies Pond, dreamt about it all night and decided to paint the mountains with transparent acrylic over it displaying the texture.







Dear Friends,

We are excited to invite you to:

Meet 4 members of the Mission Hills Art Club

Make this Super-stop to see all four artists at:  

12105 Turnberry Drive, RM, 92270

– Use the Inverness Gates on Gerald Ford Drive and follow the signs 

Please stop by, meet the artists, and learn more about the Mission Hills Art Club!

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***Participants, please sign in at the Rancho Mirage Public Library at 71-100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage CA and pick up your: Lanyards, badges & maps are available by 9:30am. These allow Gate access during show hours. Club Members can simply stop by.


Sandra Nicolucci,

Maureen Stratton,

Diana Bolander,   [email protected]

Ellen Jean Diederich,


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