15" x 11", watercolour on Fabriano Artistico extra white
The news that I was included in Robin Berry's new book (see my previous blog post) inspired me, and I found my work going in a new direction. Cosmic Poppies is the result, and I believe it's my best ever work. I had the reference in my "to paint" file since June last year, these unusual oriental poppies are part of a huge plant in my garden and I always wonder at the strange colour combinations - both magenta and red in one bloom, another almost completely red, and some more of a purple shade. I worked with the colours and chose an analogous palette, using ever one of the eight reds on my palette for impact.
I recorded my progress in a series of photos, shared below.