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Painting Poppies – the Process


In December 2013, I wrote about the process of creating a painting for my step-daughter and her husband for their 25th Wedding Anniversary. They wanted picture of poppies blowing in the wind. To fit the space in their home, the work needed to 24 x 60 inches…at the time it would have been the largest canvas I had painted which made me very nervous. So I started with baby steps and created a number of smaller pieces first!

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

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

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, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

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

2013-39 Singular Poppy, Acrylic paint & gel mediums on canvas, 6×6 ins, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2013

Finally I painted one I refer to as my Preparatory Poppy Painting (12 x 24 inches) as the composition for the larger work.  It was completed close to Remembrance Day (November 11, 2013) so I called it, Field of Remembrance.

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

Field of Remembrance, Acrylic on Canvas, 12 x 24 inches, Framed ($450 Cdn). Copyright Wendie Donabie, 2013

It took me months to finally get around to starting and, at last, finishing Alicia’s Poppy Field in early December 2014. Due to the size of the canvas, I couldn’t use the easel in my studio space. So, our dining room table became my work space for the duration of the painting’s creation.

Here are a few shots of the steps along the way. I emailed Alicia as I made progress each day.

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Setting up the dining room table to begin. Pencilled in the horizon line. Reference photos above the canvas on the left.

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I started with the sky….

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Next I painted the clouds….

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Added the distant background, middle ground and foreground.

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The canvas is ready for the addition of the poppies and poppy buds…

When I painted Field of Remembrance, I used Cadium Yellow over the Cadmium Red to add some glow to the poppies but I wasn’t happy with the result. An artist friend suggested putting the Cad Yellow under the Cad Red instead. I followed her advice.

Here is the final painting with the glow I was looking for.

Alicia's Poppy Field, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 60 inches, Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014

Alicia’s Poppy Field, Acrylic on Canvas, 24 x 60 inches,         Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014

I’d love your feedback! – Wendie

Copyright Wendie Donabie 2014

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11 Comments

  1. This is a beautiful painting and a well stepped out process.

  2. That’s really beautiful!

  3. Beautiful paintings, all of them, and it’s interesting to follow the process too! I’m a first time visitor here, thanks to a search on “poppy”. I’m totally fascinated by this flower. I beleive Alicia is very happy now!

  4. It reminds me of the poppy field outside of Monet’s Garden. Very lovely and the poppies are radiant.

  5. Absolutely beautiful Wendie !!!

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