We're renovating in our house where we have lived for almost 20 years. We've pulled out the old carpet and put down new hardwood laminate flooring. It's been a tad stressful, what with all the dust and moving things from one room to another. When it gets to be too much, I go outside and look at these poppies, and it all gets put into perspective. They are spectacular (and the new floor is too), with flower heads the size of a dinner plate. They are almost too heavy to hold their heads up and the one on the right had the most graceful dip and sweep to its stem. I love the simple, ruffled shapes of the petals. Many years ago someone told me that to learn to paint one should paint pears because they have the perfect shape. Once you can paint a pear, you can paint anything. I would add poppies to that statement as the perfect flower to start painting. They are simple but elegant.
Watercolor in Moleskine wc sketchbook.