Red Poppy and Hills 16 x 20 Inch Oil Painting

I love poppies.  I have never had luck growing them, so I paint them instead.

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Poppy View 16 x 20 Inch Oil Painting

I love color.  I’m constantly thinking about color.  I think about how to make it brighter and more vivid.  I think about how to juxtapose it so that it screams or whispers.  I think about the emotion that different colors stir.  The strange thing about color is that it is an illusion.  We construct it in our mind.  That kinda freaks me out.  I wonder what is really there that I can’t see.  I love mystery!  Anyway, here is another colorful painting (in my head anyway) of what I imagine to be a crowd of red poppies in a natural amphitheater.

Yellow Poppy Field 18 x 24 Inch Oil Painting

I’ve never painted yellow poppies and felt I needed to.  I like it!  This is an 18 x 24 inch palette knife oil painting.

Orange Poppies and Wild Flowers 18 x 24 Inch Painting.

I have been busy this week making poppy fields!  This will be the last one for the week…or should be because I got stuff to do!  This was the poppy painting that got me hooked on yellow ochre skies for a few paintings.  Happy Wednesday everybody!

Orange Poppies, Ochre Sky 14 x 18 Inch Oil Painting

I discovered cadmium orange a few weeks ago.  I hate to admit that I can’t mix an orange as pure as cad orange out of the tube.  It is such a happy color!  I like to keep my colors to a minimum (I usually have about 10 colors I work from), but lately I’m thinking cad orange and cerulean blue need to be part of my palette.