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Painting Poppies


This year my step-daughter and her husband asked me to create a painting for them. They wanted an image of poppies blowing in the wind. Perfect I thought. They had just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary – it would be a gift from my spouse and I.

The space where it will hang requires a large canvas, larger than anything I’ve painted. So, I decided to approach this project with baby steps. I started with a 5 x 7 inch canvas and progressed to 12 x 24 inches. I dubbed these my preparatory poppy paintings. (I love alliteration). Being painted close to Remembrance Day I named the larger of the two, Field of Remembrance.

2013-37 Field of Poppies #1, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x7, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

2013-37 Field of Poppies #1, Acrylic on Canvas, 5 x7 ins, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

2013-36 Field of Remembrance, Acrylic on Canvas, 12 x 24 Copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

2013-36 Field of Remembrance, Acrylic on Canvas, 12 x 24 ins, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

Just as I finished these two paintings, a local business, Martin Fine Framing, announced a fundraiser for the Children’s Foundation of Muskoka. The store provided 6 x 6 inch canvases to artists in our community. They could be painted in any medium and style. Tomorrow, Saturday, December at 10 am they will be available for sale at the store for $25 each with all proceeds going to the charity. I picked up two canvases and with my mind still  filled with poppies they became the subject for both pieces.

2013-39 Singular Poppy, 6x6 ins, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

2013-39 Singular Poppy, Acrylic Media, 6 x 6 ins       Copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

2013-38 Remember, Acrylic on Canvas, 6x6 ins, Copyright Wendie Donabie

2013-38 Remember, Acrylic on Canvas, 6×6 ins,         Copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

After all of this preparation, I think I’m finally ready to tackle the 24 x 60 inch canvas sitting in my hallway…Don’t worry Alicia and Kevin, you will have your painting before your next anniversary!

© Wendie Donabie 2013                              www.wendiedonabie.com

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4 Comments

  1. Beautiful Wendie!

  2. Alicia Deitner

    Hahahaha, I wasn’t worried. Great pieces Wendie, I am looking forward to seeing the final piece whenever you get to it. xoxo

    _____

  3. What a lovely gift. They are lucky to have you for their mom, who is a gifted artist.

  4. Jill

    Wendy, Les and I love your work

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