Lots of Poppies


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.

SF3213 step 9

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.

SF3213 step 10

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.

SF3213 step 11

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.

SF3213 Sunwashed Vineyards 16x19Sunwashed Vineyards     16″ x 19″    Original Oil Painting

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

One Response to “Lots of Poppies”

  1. Ted Risdall Says:

    Should we use two or is it ok to use one nail to hang it

    Sent from my iPhone on the moon

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