83. Red Poppies

I always have loved vistas of wildflowers, and the red poppies seen in so many French paintings always seem wonderful to me.  Red like that is hard to find (I think) in the natural world.  Painting it is even harder.  I ended up using mostly Cadmium Red Orange.

This is another direct watercolor from this morning, but because of the multiple layers of washes, I had to let it dry in between.  I went about getting ready for work between layers.  At first, I just did a sky and put in colors of grasses and poppies – but they all bled together, so the second attempt – the one above – is the final version.  If you look at the pictures below – click on them to see them in sequence – you can see what I did.  I scanned each wash layer before doing the next.

2 thoughts on “83. Red Poppies

  1. You could start with, on damp paper, ultramarine blue in the top corner, then run in raw sienna underneath mix them a bit and continue down with raw sienna and add reds in randomly. Leave to dry and then spray loosely with water and introduce some greens – maybe building up the grasses. It might give a looser finish.

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