The red poppies flowering in my garden are the inspiration for this poppy painting.
Drawing the flower, adding the watercolour paint into the different shapes, watching the flower bloom on the paper. That’s what I love about creating!
I have loved the shape of poppy seed heads for a long time. Here was another chance to explore these wonderful things.
Ages ago I explored how to draw them, and realised that they are elliptical. I have pages of these drawings!
Back to the drawing
board pad and the paint palette. Then the sewing machine.
My next decision was how to place the two seed heads onto the flower painting. Fortunately they needed to be cut out, and this allowed me to play.
Or this one?
Or this one?
To settle on this composition
I felt that the stems needed to fade away. I cut it and washed watercolour paint into the stem.
Things don’t always go according to plan….. I ran out of thread in the bobbin as I was sewing down one side of the stem. This is a problem with sewing on paper, because the needle makes permanent holes. I had to go over it again ~ with a full bobbin! ~ making sure I went over exactly the same stitches.
This is the final poppy painting.
- 21 x 30 cm
- 8 x 11.5 inches
- Arches watercolour paper, with a lovely textured surface
Like the look of my mixture of watercolour and sewing? Take a closer look at my magnolia.