Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Poppies

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.

9 comments:

Alex said...

I love it! The colors the strokes of your brush, and the way you presented it, they are gorgeous!
:) Thank you so much for your comments, I am glad you like the steps

Hybrid J said...

Enjoying your painting! I've always love Poppy, both their vibrant color and their shape.

Thank you for sharing. ;)

Mary said...

Poppies are my favourite flowers, Lynn, and you've painted these beautifully.

bendelachanal said...

Your flower sketches are beautiful and I love these poppies. They must be stunning, the colour and the size!

Barbara Weeks said...

Beautifully done!

marancat said...

What beautiful poppies. 9And I should add that I think you have excelled with your last post - the one with the blue and white cloth. 0

nanke's stuff said...

Wonderful little painting! Besides the great job you did on the poppies, I like how you handled the background. nancy

EWian said...

Yes, poppies are beautiful and yours look like they are at there best. Sounds like a grate view with poppies like plates, would have love to see that...

EWian

Ann said...

Oh, how beautiful! Your poppies are glorious!