We love Red Poppies and are so fortunate to have them grace our garden each spring. They are a perfect complement to the Bluebonnets and Laura Bush Petunias.
Starting with the most distant part of the field I block in the Poppies with Magenta + White. Moving forward to the middle ground Cadmium Red Deep is used for the flowers.
Since the foreground is in shadow the mass of red here is a mix of Cadmium Red Deep + Magenta. Then I go back and begin putting in greens for the foliage. Blue/Greens are used in the part of the field farthest away to make it recede. Where the sunshine streams under the vines I use a lighter green made of Pthalo Blue + Lemon Yellow. Darker greens will be painted around the deep reds in the foreground.
Now I go back and paint the Poppies illuminated by the sun. Cadmium Red Light adds a wonderful warm pop of light! I gently “Lay” the color on top of the underlying greens. I don’t want to pick up any of the paint from the foliage and dirty the flower color.
Stems and dark centers finish out the Poppies swaying in the gentle breeze from the Mediterranean. I don’t know about you but I’m ready to take a deep breath of that fresh, crisp air and stroll though the Sunwashed Vineyards. Thank you for following along. Have a wonderful evening and I hope you’ll visit our studio again soon. Hugs, Mikki Senkarik