Mid to late February, the days are longer. Sunlight begins to lose some of its bluish tinge. My palette warms in response, especially when there are blood oranges to paint. These exotic fruits appear in the market each February. They're little daring balls of sunrise, with their rosy orange skin and their dark, scarlet juice. Here's a blood orange sharing a plate with a more demure California apricot. Below, my daughter K joins the face parade once again .