Poppies today

I saw a huge bed of poppies in Pointe Claire on Sunday and made a mental note to get back there quickly to sketch them before they go. This morning the weatherman was predicting heavy rain and thunder showers which could mean that these will be damaged by tonight. As I write this the sky to the west is a menacing blue-black so I’m glad I captured them in time. Painted on a 1/4 sheet of Fabriano soft press paper.


32 Comments on “Poppies today”

  1. Monique says:

    I LOVE this one..so much~


  2. Jeff Gold says:

    Once again your design sense shines through (pun intended!). The color is vibrant and the composition so well conceived that the eye is compelled to take it all in. I particularly like the brushwork in the lower right with the layering of positive and negative shapes. The delicacy of the stems and leaves in the upper right add a grace to the composition and draw the viewer into the distance. Beautiful stuff!


  3. Jane Wright says:

    Love the freshness and spontaneity.


  4. Mary says:

    Just beautiful! Just curious if you did flowers first and then ground, sky or painted around the white design of flowers to so background the painted flowers? Inquiring monds want to know.


  5. Mary says:

    So sorry bad typing that was flowers first or ground and background first.


    • Good question. I did spend a bit of time thinking about the order of things for this. In the end I decided to paint the flowers first. I wanted the red to be very saturated and I wanted to make sure that the pattern of flowers made a nice shape.


  6. I’m really impressed with how you captured the texture and shape of the poppy petals. I think they must be a little challenging to paint because they have soft curves but they also have angular edges.


  7. Alison says:

    Absolutely stunning.I love the menacing storm in the background and the unsuspecting poppies in the foreground. And on the instructive side, this is, for me, a wonderful example of the power of contrast of just the right green against the red.


    • Thanks Alison! I used lots of cerulean blue in this green mix because the poppy leaves are quite blue. I also added a lot of yellow to separate foreground from background. The dark area at the back is a wall but I like your image of the menacing storm better.


  8. Miz Dee says:

    This drew me right in! Gorgeous!


  9. NE.Perkins says:

    Lovely floral art.


  10. tmikeporter says:

    This reminds me of Provence! Love it.


  11. Fleet Woodley says:

    Now THAT’s gorgeous!! You did such wonderful effects in the center of the flowers and in the green beneath them. Just the precise right amount of hard edge contrast in the right places.




  12. annerose says:

    Ahhhh, just so!


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  14. Beliza says:

    Gorgeous drawing! I was in Provence last week and there are poppies everywhere at the moment. It’s beautiful! You managed to capture them so well, I feel like I’m back there.


  15. george smith says:

    The essence of poppies, the essence of watercolor and the feeling of the beauty of life all in one painting. Feel free to take a bow.


  16. Linda says:

    Shari, your work is so wonderful, I’m learning on my own and come hear to look and hope that one day I will be able to do something as well as yours close to it anyways. Wish I could go to a class from you a wonderful art dream of mine:)
    Have a great day,


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