Monday, September 9, 2013

The Poppy Dance

What is it about painting poppies?

I have painted many poppies over the years - some in watercolour and acrylic. I love painting them and always find a similar thing happens.

I start out with a regimented design in mind - BUT somewhere through the process the poppies take control and start their dance.

This is how I started my most recent poppy painting. I did my drawing - carefully laying out all my shapes, thinking about the design. I slowly started colouring in some of the shapes.

Somewhere along the process, the painting had it's own plan...brush loads of luscious wet paint were dragged across the canvas. Shapes within shapes were formed.

I found myself drawn into the painting more and I went back many times "just to add another stroke or two'. I had to pull myself away before it was too late.

Here is the result...14 x 18", acrylic on canvas - looking for a title.

Till Next Time ...
From the Prairies, to the West Coast and Beyond...

1 comment:

Julie said...

Poppy Dance!
Love it!