Popping Poppies Painting

The Popping Poppies painting was a revisit to the first paint medium I’d ever used 20+ years ago. Taking out old watercolor paints was like visiting old friends. I was emotionally attached to my Windsor and Newton’s metal tubes of Manganese Blue and Davey’s Gray. Many of the tubes were rolled up so tight there was no paint to be extracted from them. Most of the paints were too old to salvage and I regretfully had to throw them away.
However, I did have new fresh paints waiting in the wings. Not as high quality of as the old paint but a good middle of the road variety from Michaels called Artists Loft. There was a project I had in mind so I began by creating a green and yellow wash.

Watercolor painting using green and yellow watercolors.
Simply saturated the cold pressed paper with water and added colors.

I had started the painting while outside we were experiencing a blizzard. The colors of spring were on my mind and knew painting popping colors would be good for the soul that day. Poppies are one of my favorite flowers. And if you’ve ever read any of this blog you know they have been the topic of painting before. Just use the Search box on the top right of the sidebar to find those posts.

Bold red poppy flowers painted with watercolors.
The painting after adding bold red poppy flowers.

The next step was to add black lines to this painting to create abstract definitions of leaves, flowers and buds. Full disclosure I used an extra fine point Sharpie. Yeah, pretty professional don’t you think? lol Truth is, I like Sharpies and just my luck I had an extra fine in black.

Watercolor painting of green leaves and red poppies.
The result is an abstract of leaves and poppy flowers and buds.

I’m pretty pleased on the results. I created a small run of products for my Lasgalen Arts RedBubble Store. Below is the link to a small collection of customized gifts to share.

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Red Water Lily

The red water lily signifies the beginning of something old. Back in the 1990′s I dabbled with creating mono prints by carving on wood and linoleum blocks, vegetables such as potatoes and anything sturdy enough to withstand a carving tool. In 2011 I was cleaning out some old art supplies when I stumbled upon a few remaining lino cut blocks from the past. Memories of having fun listening to ink sing between glass and brayer came to mind and I started to think about taking up the knife again.

Starting Over

The first project was to be a traditional water lily mono print. I’ve always enjoyed the traditional Japanese wood block prints seen and thought I’d try my hand at it. This simple design was easily achieved and I was quite pleased with the outcome.

Cutting a linoleum block for a water lily

It was fun getting my fingers dirty with ink again and the creative juices I used to have for hands on art was were coming alive with each print I produced. With out a proper printing press I found using a sandstone drink coaster a good tool to do the rubbing.

water lily mono print

Red Water Lily

On this particular piece I took it one step further. I like experimenting and my watercolors just happened to be near by. I decided to transform one of the prints into color. The results were very pleasing to me. The lily became red and popped out of the paper. Not wanting a pastel effect I used very little water with the paints and the colors became as vivid as I wanted them too.The red water lily print
And now for something completely different, you can purchase this print on t-shirts from Lasgalen Arts on Zazzle. Though shown on a tie dyed shirt, there are a hundred or more different styles, sizes and colored t-shirts to choose from.

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