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!
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.
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.
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.
I’d love your feedback! – Wendie
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