Three Poppy Pods, and you get to help me….
June 24, 2011
This painting came about during a demonstration I did in one of my workshops. I have a bouquet of dried poppy pods that I got when the pods were still green, from my sister Jenny’s garden, where they grow each spring I take the bouquet to my Watercolor Workshops now and then if someone needs a subject to paint. This demonstration was about getting the shape of an object onto the paper without overworking it. And then about using paints that have a sedimentary quality to them for the shadows, how the texture of the sediment brings a whole new quality to the painting.
At the end of the workshop I had the three pods on the paper, nothing in the background. So I brought them back to the studio, and layered in the background, one layer of magenta, another of more sedimentary colors, primarily terre verte, with a little cobalt green and some turquoise in for flavor. It was just a little dull with just those two layers, so I added one more thin layer of magenta with a little quinacidrone pink thrown in. And voila.
So, the question I have now is whether to leave it like this, or add my fan/wave pattern to the background? Don’t know. Hmmm. What do you think?